I am sixty-something, year old and live in North Yorkshire. I have completed two modules in creative writing in an open degree with the OU. Unfortunately, the Ou was unable to fulfil my dream of a BA hons in creative writing and so I have joined the OCA having transferred from OU with 120 credits. I have now completed two modules with OCA and I hope to complete my BA hons degree in Creative writing in the next 3 years.
I am married and have 5 grandchildren between the ages of 5 and 12 as at Feb 2016.
I belong to a small writing group called The Next Chapter which meets regularly in Harrogate. We discuss our individual writing projects and try and support and help each giving feedback and encouragement. We self-published a small, Christmas themed anthology last year(Stocking Filler) and a rather large book of short stories and poems (The Bloody Book) the previous year. The books are available on Amazon.
I have spent a year writing my debut novel called North Sea Shells which I sent to The Literary Consultancy for a review and critique. Having received good constructive feedback, I have now done a rewrite and self-published it on Amazon in May 2016.
The story is based on a family who lived in Hartlepool and the effects and consequences of the bombardment in Dec 1914. The main character is Martha who is torn between two brothers, one who goes off to war (her husband) to avenge the death of his grandfather and Martha’s parents during the shelling and one who stays at home, having been turned down by the army, due to an injury sustained in the shipyards.
I enjoy writing short stories and the occasional poem. I have entered competitions in Writing magazine and though I haven’t been successful with any stories as yet, I have won a Tanka competition in 2014 with my poem entitled Traffic Jam and got shortlisted for my children’s poem called Mrs Batty. In 2017 I was longlisted in the Flash 500 annual short story competition with my entry Hidden Treasure.
I am looking forward to using this blog throughout the OCA courses and hope it helps me develop as a writer.