New Term

I always get that 'start of school year' feeling in September. Are you starting any new projects, and are they personal or home improvements? I’m always a bit conflicted when the nights start to draw in (hygge, drawbridge up and binge-watch kind of thing) so early autumn is when I begin things that were planned in long summer days.

For a start, I’ve just learned to ride a bike. I had visions of graceful Dutch-style cycling to return library books and collect sourdough loaves but can’t indicate a right turn without mounting the left verge and falling off. More Monty Python than Mrs Van Der Valk.

Moving on, my weekly Wilde Walks and monthly Talking Books podcasts for Shine Radio are going well (two years and one year old, respectively, gaining audience all the time). This month it's Horror, with author Jennifer Selway.

Tim O’Kelly and me in One Tree Books. He’s just back from a cycling holiday, hence the beard. I’ve heard it’s not compulsory for cyclists!

Most importantly for an author – and with book 3 in edit – is that I start an online course in Writing Romantic Fiction next week. It’s particularly exciting because I hadn’t read any contemporary fiction in this genre and the tutor Jenny Colgan is inspiring. Not only will it make Landfall the best it can be (no spoilers) but I hope the six-week course will provide the first 3000 words of an entirely new story. So far my favourite on the reading list is Maggie O’Farrell’s debut novel: After You’d Gone. Fab.

I’m also thrilled to be reading the storm scene from Sea Paths, as part of a celebration of the coastal waters where I was born. You may have seen in the papers that Kate Mosse devised the occasion and it's going ahead on October 14th in the Assembly Rooms Chichester:

A Celebration of the Beauty of the Sussex and Hampshire Coastline & Landscape

"For one night only join us as novelist and Cicestrian Kate Mosse brings together a wonderful group of local artists, musicians, singers, writers and actors - including Isabel Ashdown, John Gleadall, Felix Mosse, Alice O'Hanlon, Jane Pegler, Tony Pegler, Imogen Stubbs, Paula Tinker, Timothy Watson, Suzie Wilde, the OK Chorale Community Choir and others - to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural beauty of our Chichester landscape and our harbours in words and music.”

For more information and booking click the red button below

I hope you are well and managed a break this summer. I’ll be back in touch when there is news of Landfall’s next stage.

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