My short play 'Jez & Tess' was chosen to be performed (rehearsed reading) at the Stroud Shakespeare Theatre Festival in May this year. It was a political satire based on Romeo and Juliet - short and sweet, but was really well received and got some great laughs!
Want to be a successful writer? You might need to change your shoes.
Abiola Bello went from being a successful dancer to award winning author and co-founder of Hashtag Press. Her second book Emily Knight I Am…. Awakened won The London’s BIG READ 2019 and was nominated for the CILIP’s Carnegie Award, and it looks like an adaptation is on the way. I asked her what it takes to... Continue Reading →
Published in Heritage Anthology 2019
It was great to receive the news that my short story The Hat Pin and two of my poems, DNA and Empty Words had been chosen to appear in the University of Gloucestershire's Heritage Anthology. You can read The Hat Pin here and the two poems can be found on the Poetry page.
Finding Freedom with David Lemon
It takes a special kind of person to walk 2000 miles in 292 days. That special kind of person is David Lemon. The first person recorded in history to walk the entire length of the Zambezi River. I talked to David about his incredible journey which he started when he was 67 years old, proving... Continue Reading →
Fresh Leaves short stories by new writers
I was thrilled to be included in Fresh Leaves, an anthology of short stories by new writers in 2018. The anthology includes stories of love, life and loss in a variety of voices. My story won an award, for being in the top 3 chosen by the editor, which was a real surprise but very... Continue Reading →
My short story, Mother's Gone, was published in Shadows New Writing VI in 2017. The story is about a daughter coming to terms with her Mother’s Dementia. The young woman returns home to find life at home has moved on without her and her arrival threatens the equilibrium the family has created. Here's the story:... Continue Reading →
Just do it!
“I’ll always regret never having done anything with my life,” said Mum as we walked across the park. It was nearly 30 years ago but I’ll never forget our conversation. It had been lightly snowing and we were wrapped up, walking arm in arm, taking a stroll after Sunday lunch. “You don’t realise,” she said. ... Continue Reading →
The Hat Pin
Chosen to appear in University of Gloucestershire's 2019 Anthology
You’ve made it to final judging!
I thought I'd try my hand at writing a personal essay and just as I'd written the first paragraph, I found this competition at Wow! Women on Writing just what I needed to focus the mind and prevent procrastination, which is my worst enemy, or if you look at it another way, my best friend. Putting... Continue Reading →
Shortlisted for poetry competition
I received a lovely email this morning from Olive O'Brien from Creative Writing Ink to say that my poem had been shortlisted for their monthly competition. This is the first poetry competition I've entered so I was thrilled to receive the news. I wrote the poem after spending the afternoon with my father who was... Continue Reading →