Last Saturday, two members of CWC were among fifty readers and writers attending the third annual World Book extravaganza at the fabulous Stoke Lodge Hotel in Stoke Fleming, Devon. The brain-child of Annette Shaw, Books Editor for Devon Life, it is always a fascinating, fun-filled day with writerly conversation, brilliant networking opportunities and truly wonderful food.
CWC Treasurer, Elizabeth Ducie, who is due to bring out six books in the next five months, took part in a two-header with Holly Jones of Manna from Devon, on Polished Self-Publishing. It was intended to be a conversation between two experienced self-publishers, with audience participation. And the pair had done a fair amount of detailed preparation. “We were worried that no-one would have any questions and it would get very boring,” said Elizabeth. “But the first hand went up before we’d opened our mouths and we were still answering questions an hour later. Half way through, I threw away my notes. It was a wonderfully energetic session and just shows how important the self-publishing arm of the industry is becoming.”
CWC member, Margaret Barnes, is currently working on her second novel. During the News Round session, she told the audience about her debut novel, Crucial Evidence, and how the follow-up, Reluctant Consent, is coming along. A former barrister, Margaret had brought along several copies of Trials and Errors, her book of real life stories from the Criminal Courts of England and Wales. These were eagerly snapped up in the book exchange, as were copies of Life is Not a Trifling Affair, a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Ducie and CWC vice-chair, Sharon Cook.
One of the other attendees was author and creative writing tutor, Jenny Kane, who led a hugely successful workshop at the CWC meeting earlier this month. We are delighted to announce that Jenny has agreed to return to Chudleigh to lead a workshop on writing short stories, during the Chudleigh Literary Festival on Wednesday 11th July. The programme for the day is still being finalised and there will be more news in the next couple of weeks, but the outline programme can now be found here on our website.