It's been a while since I posted here but I've not been idle. Over the last year, I've given my focus almost completely to writing and facilitating. Anyone who has been to a workshop or group or just knows me will know I love to talk, and writing is my favourite topic.
As I've grown in confidence, I've also been building relationships with other writers, bookshops, festivals and anyone who loves words as much as I do. And it's starting to pay off. I've some incredibly exciting things happening this year. I'm pinching myself regularly.
Writer in Residence for 2019-2020
Forum Books in Corbridge have invited me to be their very first writer in residence. To celebrate their first year in the Chapel, they're pushing forward and want to connect with readers and help them engage in the writing and book selling process. That's where I come in. I'm more delighted than I can express to be given this opportunity. As an emerging writer, it's a huge step and will give me time and space to create new work about the bookshop and the written word. I'll be blogging here, creating a new Forum newsletter and working on exciting projects with the excellent staff at the bookshop. Keep your eyes peeled for updates very soon. I've yet to confirm if I'm allowed to move in and build a bed of books.
Hexham Book Festival
The programme for the 2019 festival is released today. If you look closely, you'll find my face alongside an absolutely incredible group of people. I'll be running a workshop on the 27th April on blogging - how to find your voice, plan and start a blog to tell your story. It is so exciting to be in a programme with Sarah Moss, Natalie Haynes, Lucy Mangan and more. I'll also be attending as many events as possible over the course of the festival and trying very hard not to completely embarrass myself around the top notch authors. (The first time I met Natalie Haynes I talked about hair dye).
North Tyneside Arts Studio
I've been invited back to this brilliant studio in North Shields to run a flash fiction writing workshop. I'll work with the artists over three weeks to develop a story ready to be published on the studio blog. The studio is a safe, encouraging and inspiring space for people with mental health issues and I'm so happy to be part of it.
2019 is shaping up to be a busy and inspiring year. I'm eternally grateful to everyone who has put their faith and trust in me and invited me to share my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Without that, I'd be sitting here in my pyjamas writing blog posts. I mean, I am sitting in my pyjamas writing this blog post. Never mind.