In the course of everyday life, we go through many experiences and interact with many people but, on looking back, we remember particularly significant times which seem worthy of note. Whether through journalling, testimony, full-blown autobiography or even fiction, this session will address some of the issues in recording our story. We will consider, among other things, our motivation for writing, what to include and omit, and who our readership might be.
Jane Clamp is Creative Writer in Residence on the Sunday Breakfast Show of BBC Radio Norfolk and on the Thought of the Day team at Premier Christian Radio. Her first book, Too Soon, on the subject of miscarriage, will be published in August by SPCK. She is a popular speaker and preacher, often following her talks with a time of ministry on the saxophone. She is Groups’ Coordinator for the Association of Christian Writers.
Margaret Skea grew up in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’, so is no stranger to conflict. Her passion is for authentic, atmospheric historical fiction. Her first novel, Turn of the Tide won her the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best 1st Time Novelist 2014, and the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. Both follow the fortunes of a fictional family trapped in the long-running and bloody feud between the Cunninghames and Montgomeries, known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, which had many resonances in our modern world.
Wendy H. Jones turned to a life of crime after a career in the military. She is the author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries, The Fergus and Flora Mysteries and the forthcoming humorous crime series, The Cass Claymore Mysteries. Killer's Crew her fifth DI Shona McKenzie book, won the Books Go Social Book of the Year Award. The Dagger's Curse, first book in her Fergus and Flora Mysteries was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Book of the Year. She is the presenter of Wendy's Book Buzz Radio Show on Mearns FM and the Founder of Crime at the Castle.