This book is simply beautiful, and I know I’m biased, having spent so many hours working on it with the wonderful author, Sasha Harding (a total pleasure by the way), but it really is. I love books at the best of times (obviously) but this was the first time I’d worked on one that is as much about the beauty of the paper, the print and the illustrations, as it is about the words. I pulled it off my shelf for the zillionth time today, just to enjoy flicking through it. Lovely.
Great to see that Sarah Owens, ex-student, fellow writer and friend, has won the travel competition in the The Telegraph. £500 to blow on travel stuff can’t be bad. Sarah has obviously taken to heart the motto ‘cut cut cut’ because this piece was at least five times as long the first time I saw it. Well done, Sarah.
Very pleased and proud that Cass was able to get this novel finished at our writing retreat at the Old Sawmills last year. Our copy is on order.
If you’ve got a writing project that you want to get on with, why not join us at the Old Sawmills this March? Who knows, it might be your novel in print this time next year. Find out more at www.thewritingretreat.co.uk.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this book with Wendy Mason, from concept, to redrafting (many times!) to getting it off to the publisher. And now here it is, in print and available on Amazon and in bookstores. I love the cover. Congratulations, Wendy, I’ll drink a cocktail to that.
We are delighted to announce that Philip Marsden will be our mid-week guest author for our retreat on Life Writing and Time to Write at Bosloe in early November. The retreat runs from Tuesday 31 October to Sunday 5 November and Philip will join us for dinner and an author’s talk on Wednesday, and return the next morning to run a workshop.
Philip is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, The Levelling Sea and, most recently, Rising Ground (Granta, 2014). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. After years of travelling, he now lives on the tidal upper reaches of the River Fal in Cornwall with his wife, children and various boats.
We’ve recently read and enjoyed The Levelling Sea, his dramatic account of the history of Falmouth, awash with pirates, sailors, politicians and maritime adventurers. This brilliant read taught us much that we didn’t know about our home town; a walk along Arwenack Street and around Pendennis headland will now be even more fascinating.
Philip brings the perfect set of writing skills to our retreat; an understanding of ‘life writing’ and its sub-genres of travel writing, memoir, and creative non-fiction, and knowledge of ways we can use real life events as a basis for fiction. You can find our more about his work and read some of his excellent reviews here.
Our retreat is booking now, and there are some lovely rooms available. Bosloe is a very special setting in the autumn, with its sweeping views across the Helford, and its own gorgeous gardens just next door to the National Trust’s spectacular Glendurgan. Don’t miss out – you can find out more and book here. We will be delighted to welcome you to The Writing Retreat.