Author Archives: beckyd123

Link Age Southwark Charity Celebration

I’m delighted to be volunteering with Link Age Southwark, a fantastic London charity providing support for isolated older people in the community. I’m organising a UK and Ireland-wide writing competition to celebrate the charity’s 25th birthday this year as well … Continue reading

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A London Literary Salon

This month I went along to the Tea House Theatre for a Words Away literary salon. These monthly talks aim to ‘bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.’ Event founder and host Kellie Jackson welcomed award-winning novelist Tessa Hadley to explore … Continue reading

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Celebrating Jane Austen at the Althorp Literary Festival

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. I was thrilled to attend the Althorp Literary Festival for a talk by Paula Byrne. Paula’s book The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She … Continue reading

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Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland

I recently headed over to Cape Clear Island, the southernmost inhabited spot in Ireland, for the International Storytelling Festival. This wildly beautiful and unspoilt location formed the backdrop to a brilliant creative weekend.I arrived by ferry from the village of Baltimore. The short voyage to Cape Clear was spectacular. We … Continue reading

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Judge of Flash Fiction

I’m thrilled to be judging the flash fiction category of the Hysteria Writing Competition. Looking forward to reading the huge array of entries by talented and inspirational women writers! The competition also includes poetry and short stories. Submissions are encouraged between now … Continue reading

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City Writes Competition

My short story The Anniversary recently won the City Writes competition. So I was very excited (and a tiny bit scared!) to do a reading at a special event at City University London. I was in excellent company with fellow winners Katy Darby … Continue reading

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National Writers’ Conference 2017

This month I attended the National Writers’ Conference 2017 held in my home city of Birmingham. Emerging and established writers were welcomed to a day of panel discussions on subjects including digital writing, how to raise your profile, and writing … Continue reading

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Greenwich Book Festival 2017

This year’s Greenwich Book Festival took place in the beautiful setting of the Old Royal Naval College and was accurately described as ‘intimate in scale, though grand in setting.’ Its diverse programme featured both famous and emerging writers from a wide range of mediums including memoirs, … Continue reading

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Interview with Author Donatella di Pietrantonio

Having reviewed two books by Italian author Donatella di Pietrantonio (My Mother is a River and Bella Mia), her publishing house Calisi Press invited me to put some questions to her this week about her approach to writing. Read more

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Time Out London Blog

I’ve just joined the Time Out London Blog. My first full post will be out in April but for now I’ve made a small contribution to 22 brilliant places Londoners love in spring. See number 11. Looking forward to writing about … Continue reading

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