Seaside and Suspense at Chichester Library

This November I’ll be appearing in my home town of Chichester, talking ‘Seaside, Suspense and Sibling Rivalry’ at Chichester Library.  I’ll be introducing my latest novel Little Sister, as well as giving a sneak preview reading from my forthcoming thriller Beautiful Liars and answering audience questions.  We look forward to seeing a few of you there!

Venue: Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ
Date: Tuesday 21st November 2017
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm

Tickets are £5.00, available from the library (Tel 01243 777351 / email Chichester.library@westsussex.gov.uk )

The Royal Literary Fund supporting writers and writing since 1790

This month I am delighted and honoured to take up my new post as Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellow at the University of Chichester, where I will be resident two days a week to offer writing support to all students.

The RLF has been helping writers since its 1790 founder, the Rev David Williams, was moved by the plight of an elderly translator of Plato, Floyer Sydenham, who had died in a debtors’ prison. Today, the RLF continues to help writers, and the Fellowship is just one example of their good work in action.

It’s a particular pleasure for me to be posted in Chichester, where I have strong connections, having studied there as a mature student at the very start of my own writing career. During that period, I gained from time spent with the resident Fellows of those years – Mavis Cheek and Stephen Mollett were both insightful and encouraging to this new writer at a time when I was both uncertain and deeply private about my creative endeavours.

I’m very much looking forward to my time at Chichester, where I’m confident I’ll learn as much from my visiting students as they will from me.

To read more about the Fellowship scheme and the many different kinds of support offered by the RLF, click here.

 

Characters and Perspective at West Dean College, October 2017

Do you yearn for a bit of time and space to work on your story and characters … ?

This weekend writing course at West Dean College could be just the thing you need.  The breathtaking setting of West Dean house and gardens provides a haven of peace and tranquility in which to study and work – and if you feel like really treating yourself, residential options are available.

Date: 27-29 October 2017
Venue: West Dean College, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 0QZ

Course Content: Great characters are at the heart of great fiction – the most compelling stories contain unforgettable characters we are curious about and believe in. Through guided discussion, exercises around point of view and hands-on writing, this course will help you to transform your existing characters and encourage you to unearth a few new ones along the way.

For full course details, please visit the West Dean College website here.