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Susie Orbach was very interesting to listen to, the questions were all answered in-depth.  I got her book so will be reading and reviewing at a later date.  It was a shame there was not more time as these one hour slots are not really long enough to really get into a discussion.  I am hoping the book will pick up on a lot of the questions that were in the write-up about this session.



Myself and Sheila went to the event hosted by Lennox again,  she really is one of the best hosts of the festival.


Lennox & Sheila


Juno was a lovely person and so very honest about everything


and it really made you sit up and realise all the struggles and just plain not knowing what she was from an early age.  I had a quick glance through the book that I will read after Sheila, Juno was an award-winning author before she became Juno who she is now. The many books she has written have all been extremely well received and I am sure she will go on to write many more.



My last event was Andy Miller’s and as soon as I walked in the room we both recognised one another from last year, he did change the session a bit but it is all good learning.


He is very good at getting people to participate and is full of information that we just carry on gleaning out of him. This year he has read 141 books and I thought I was doing good on 54!

That was the end of the book festival for me this year, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and met some new lovely people.  I think this gets better every year and am already looking forward to next years.

In February Julie Wassmer has invited me over to the Faversham festival so that is something to look forward to in the new year.

I  hope you have all enjoyed these events along with me. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.


The Folkestone Book Festival came to life yesterday afternoon when three fantastic crime writers popped along for a chat and I must say the setting was absolutely gorgeous.


Sheila came along to the event with me as I have got her into the crime books and she was pleased to meet them and get her books signed. Catching up with Julie Wassmer again was great, her new book will be out next year and watch this space as I will be on the blog tour with my review going out on publication day. Julie was pleased to buy herself a book from her fellow writers as she can now enjoy reading someone’s else’s crimes instead of writing her own.

It was a great pleasure to meet Lisa Cutts who not only writes crime books but is also a very good police detective in her day job as well, at least there will be no mistakes in any of her procedures she writes about. It really was great talking to her, the first book she wrote called Never Forget won an award which must have been amazing for her, especially when so many new authors are rejected many times before they get into print. Just goes to show how good her books are, I bought Buried Secrets so will be reviewing that as soon as I can fit the reading in. I am always amazed at how truly lovely writers or anyone in the book trade are, never is anything too much trouble for them and will always answer and help you in any way they can. I will look forward to catching up with Lisa in the future.

The very brave male joining the group was William Shaw who was a journalist in his previous life and a very good one I am told, but now he is known as a brilliant crime writer with his latest book The Bird Watcher doing extremely well. Sheila bought one of his books so I will be reading it after her and reviewing it. I was asked who was my favourite author but I really couldn’t say as I read so many brilliant books, I could not pin it down to any one person.

The discussion between them and the audience went really well and was one of the best attended shows especially for an afternoon and I would imagine it would have sold out if it was an evening one and left many disappointed people. Lennox who chaired the chat/discussion did an amazing job steering them to some great informative answers to her questions.

A wonderful afternoon and one I enjoyed very much, it’s always a pleasure for me to meet the writers when I spend so long reading their books. I hope to catch up with them all again in the future.


Let’s hope the person who finds this enjoys the book and passes it along. #bookfairies



I love this event, shame it is not in the summer though as it’s always a struggle going out on cold winter nights.  They have outdone themselves this year with so many great shows, discussions and workshops.

It will be lovely to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and find out about her new book, I am looking forward to reading and reviewing it for her, I love those books as they are all set in Whitstable so you can picture the scenes in your head.  Maybe she should be writing one in Folkestone, that would be good.  I believe her new one is set in Ore by Whitstable.

I attended a Wellbeing workshop for writers at the weekend, this was given by Francesca Baker who is extremely good at these short workshops, I went to one last year, although this could have gone on longer as was set for two hours.  Interesting ways to look at things especially us writers who appear to forget about everything once we shut ourselves off and start writing.  Which would be a very good way to diet but if your like me when you do surface you eat all the wrong things and that’s just waiting for your dinner to cook.

Andy Miller’s workshop I hope will be interesting as I need all the help I can get with editing, I wonder if he will have a magic wand.

There are things for everyone this year as it goes from strength to strength, well done The Creative Foundation in Folkestone.



As part of The Folkestone Book Festival there is a short story competition held by The Folkestone Writers group.  Yesterday I went to the reading of the winning stories.

The results of this year’s competition were:

1st Prize: Geoff Madle for ‘The Cruciverbalist’s Tale’.

2nd Prize: Alexander Tulloch for ‘A Bitch called Lucy’.


Third place: Margaret Harland-Suddes for ‘The Fire Bird’.


A fun couple of hours listening to the stories with a lively debate about them!

We will now wait to see what stories are picked to go in The Folkestone Anthology for 2018.



Who is entering this in November?  I do it but I do-not sign up for it as I’m no good under pressure and like to do things at my own speed also when I feel able to but it really does encourage you so that’s all good. If I blog about how I am doing then that also gives me a bit of a push.

I am going to finish my book about my life during November this year if I can but it is also our Folkestone Book Festival and I would like to go to a couple of workshops to-do with writing.  The festival looks bigger and better every year with many good authors taking part.  I am looking forward to meeting Julie Wassmer again and finding out when her next book is being published and hoping I get the chance to review it ready for publishing day.

Have a good weekend everyone and make the most of the sunshine we are going to get in Kent for the next three days!






So today it is the big Christmas Lights Switch on in Folkestone, with many other events happening like meeting santa and fireworks, not sure why the need for fireworks when so many pretty lights will be on to see.  It is also the start of The Folkestone Book Festival which I really love as there are so many great events happening with it getting bigger and better every year.

The lovely Carol Creasey will be in attendance at the Congo Coffee house from 4pm for a meet the author and book signing event.  We all have that relative that has everything they need so what do you buy them for christmas?  How about a signed book from the author dedicated just to them, I know I would love something like that under my tree.  I have heard from a reliable source that the homemade cake in Congo will be out of this world!  Not to be missed and also my lovely granddaughter Kara will be rushing up from her day job to be your fantastic waitress with Marianne in Congo so please pop in and say hi.



I will be at the Quarterhouse in the morning as attending a workshop about How not to write a book, hopefully picking up some tips about how to avoid any pitfalls and to bring out the best in your story.  I like these workshops as even if you only pick up one tip you also meet some interesting people who share your hobbies and of course a bit of networking.

There is also a great sounding interview by Sir Martin Rees about HG Wells  at 4.30 at the Quarterhouse, gutted to be missing this.


From 4pm I will be at Congo coffee again to welcome the fantastic author Guy Fraser-Sampson.  I have read his book Death in Profile and found it extremely good, you cannot beat a good murder and the best bit is that this is the start of a series called The Hampstead Murders.  Three days it took me to read this, I also did not guess who committed the murder; I love a book that keeps you guessing.  The next book in the series is Miss Christie Regrets which is published in January so if you get book vouchers for christmas make this your first choice; hopefully I will review this for publication day.  The cake at Congo is just to ‘die’ for so get there quick and again you will meet the delightful Kara and Marianne your host’s for the afternoon.


The Book festival is well underway with some great debates, workshops and events happening in Folkestone.  I will be attending a workshop in the morning about drawing the best out of the history and environment of Folkestone for inspiration in your writing.  I love finding out facts about the area we live in and promoting our town.


National Novel Writing Month has been a bit of a failure this year for me, mainly due to the fact that so many other things are happening.  I have written a few chapters but I know this time of year so many other things fill your diary and I am not my healthiest during the winter.  I do propose to write for the whole of January as will not be going out in the cold and all the festivities are over then, well that is the plan.


Peaches will be staying in tonight so the fireworks do not scare her away again.  Have a great weekend everyone. x


Welcome to Wednesday everyone, the day is bright and windy here in Kent as I look out into the garden.

National Novel Writing Month has not gone well for me but I am not getting stressed about it as just writing a bit is better than not writing at all.  I am sure I will probably write more in December as have bought many Christmas presents already on-line so apart from birthdays December is relatively clear.  My two daughters did the same as me and had children in December, very bad planning on our part but I can honestly say I did not even think about due dates as was so excited that I was pregnant.  So I have Jodie’s on the 19th then her daughter Kara on the 12th then Billie joined in with Zac on the 16th, busy and expensive week!

Folkestone Book Festival kicks off on Friday with the big switch on of christmas lights and also my meet the author book signing at Congo coffee shop down The Old High Street, I do hope it is a success as Marianne who owns the coffee shop is such a lovely friendly lady.  I am hoping to see all my friends popping in on Friday and Saturday so please put it in your diary’s girls.


I had to share this picture with you as I just thought whatever next when I saw it, personally I am not a lover of hairy backs but can you imagine how stubbly it would be when it grows back? Yuk!


My dear friend Corinne is recovering well from her operation and I spent a lovely day with her on Monday, chatted non stop for hours lol.  I think the emotion and worrying came to an end once I saw her and then felt exhausted so a couple of days rest for me, the cold makes the osteoarthritis so painful with it affecting my fingers more this year which is not good for a would be writer; I think it has travelled to just about all my joints now with them taking it in turns to be non co-operative to working.

Have a wonderful Wednesday folks.