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Being Energised and Networking

DSCN3324[1]The first UK Indie Literacy Festival was all about being energized by readers and authors and networking with authors so that we can be mutually supportive in the future.

Meeting people, enjoying conversation and selling books to folks is not new to me of course, but it was the first time  that I’d been involved in something on this scale. It was also great to give a short talk, listen to others hold workshops, describe the background to their writing or give readings.

Micheal Wombat brought us to near tears by his short stories. He is a natural story teller and I look forward to reading Warren Peace!~ a cross between Watership Down and Micheal Harwood’s Duncton Woods maybe.

Felicity Snowden whetted our appetite for ghostly, historic happenings as she described the inspiration behind her novel When Dead Men Won’t Lie.

Other books I have on my shelf ready to read are The House on the Shore ~ a romantic thriller by Victoria Howard and Lost Love in Spring by Rose English ~ a book which combines a story, poetry and information about plants and their uses in past times, related to the story.

I was not able to go to all of the talks but those I went to were most enjoyable.

The wonderful thing about Indie fiction is that you can enjoy an eclectic mix of genre between the covers of a single novel. Delightfully refreshing!



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Research ~ Curious Coincidences and Poignant Parallels

ukiNDIElITFESTDianaDo you enjoy research? Do you encounter surprises which make you think, smile or even send shivers down your spine. I certainly do.

At the UK Indie Literary Festival on July 23rd I will be sharing many of the interesting and sometimes strange encounters whilst researching for my novels. Why don’t you come along?

There are many authors reading and giving workshops and talks at the event.

For more information and Free Tickets: Click



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UK Indie Literary Festival 2016 Schedule

ukiNDIElITFESTHere’s the line up for the action packed Indie Literacy Festival on 23rd July

at St James Hall, Bradford:

9:15-9:30 Michael Wombat (Reading)
9:40-10:10 Rachel Cotterill (Workshop) Putting Words in their Mouths: Realistic vs Believable Dialogue
10:15-10:30 Victoria Howard
10:40 – 11:10  Claire Colley Finding Inspiration
11:20 – 11:35 Joshua Sutton (Reading)
11:45 – 12:15 C S Woolley
(Workshop) The Joss Whedon Effect – How to write believable strong female characters
12:30 – 12:45  Alex Brightsmith (Reading)
12:50 – 12:10 Fliss Snowden (Reading)
12:15 12:45 Vicki Kinnaird (Workshop)
1:00 – 1:30 Diana Jackson (Research ~ Curious Coincidences and Poignant Parallels)
1:40 – 2:10 Irene Lofthouse
2:20 – 3:20 D M Singh & Joe Kipling Panel

but there will also be skype links:

C J Rutherford                             12:00—1:00

Kendare Blake                             2:00 — 3:00

Roger Gordon                               3:00 – 3:30

Bridget Allyson                             3:30—4:00

Kendare Blake                              4:00—5:00

Free tickets for this event can be found on the official website:




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