ShortStory R Westwell

There is still time to enter the short story competition associated with Witchford Writers’ Day.

In 2013, it was reported that worldwide, digital music is selling globally better now than it ever has. All types of music from way back in the forties and fifties to the present day are being downloaded.

 Lipstick Sharon B

“You'd be doing me a great favour,” Pat, my neighbour began. “You've got such a lovely complexion, Hetty.”
I was surprised. “Have I?”

Fiona Joseph

Hello again and I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first week of December.

Ghost story

This story is a work of fiction. I visited an Elizabethan house and let my imagination take over.

Giveaway Georgia H

Jan has invited me to tell you a little bit about each of the three books I am donating as a 'giveaway' on the website. They are all available to buy on Amazon

 Valentines Day SB

“Morning! Where an earth did all this snow come from?” Val asked, as she stomped her way to The Book Shelf bookshop, kicking the snow off her boots before opening the door.

Phil Probert

Music had always been a hobby. But today my hobby has become my work and travel the UK and Europe doing it. How did that happen? I've been playing jazz since I was 15. Over the years I've been fortunate, as a semi-pro, to work with a number of excellent bands, but always as a paid hobby.

Big Apple 

Richard was back at Birmingham Airport where, a few months earlier, he had met the world-famous soprano Gloria della Piazza.

Joy L prize

They say that traits and talents can lie dormant for years before emerging, and there’s some truth in that. Some families are musical, blessed souls, with little Johnny taking up the bassoon like his granddad (or the other way around); others adept at a myriad other pursuits, but with most folk busy earning a crust, they don’t have time to follow their dreams or fancies (down lads).

 Diva Bill C

That evening, Richard had been waiting for hours at Birmingham Airport. He’d got there at half past six in order to meet opera singer Gloria della Piazza from the New York flight, but fog over the eastern USA had delayed her departure.

Georgia H Workshop

Photo copyright Marilyn Rodwell

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, romance novelists can belong to a professional writing organisation called The Romantic Novelists’ Association. The RNA gives support and encouragement to writers, organises really useful conferences, a chance to network and holds fabulous parties.

 A Little Luck

The day began badly for Mark. From the kitchen window, he spotted a single magpie perched on the garden fence. He saluted it instantly.

Rosy Victorian Wedding

Photo taken by Janice Rosser

Most women love a good wedding! Me included. The clothes we wear, the Church, the nervous bridegroom, the vows, the tears, the reception, the champagne, and of course The Bride And her Bridesmaids, and the Eternal question 'what will they be wearing'?!


I learnt to type on a heavy black manual typewriter at school in the late 1970's. Although I was keen to learn, I took a strong dislike to the messing about with ribbons, carbon paper etc.

Guernsey Joy L

The title intrigued me before I opened the first page…so a good start!

 Fox Bill C

Despite the incipient thaw, the river was still partly frozen. January had been even colder than usual, the meadows white with snow and held in the grip of successive frosts.

Balloon article

It all started many months ago. The company, Exclusive Ballooning, sent an intriguing e mail asking if we would like to take part in a cross London flight. It would be in aid of The Lord Mayor’s charity and all those interested should apply.

 Yellow Balloon

I was twelve when we moved to Dunby. Rosie was only young then, maybe two or three. She lived next door, with Mr and Mrs Smith - and she was lovely, with her brown eyes as deep as pools and her long, soft locks of deep auburn tumbling down like the feathers of a beautiful bird.

 Me for Traditions

I have been thinking about British traditions and have found one for each month of the year. Here’s a list of events you may or may not have heard of. Some ancient, some new and some downright quirky events that will, or have continued, to take place in Britain this year.


It was two months before Christmas, and Santa Claus sat in his workshop holding a list. He scratched his head and sighed. Rudolph, the chief reindeer, walked over and nuzzled his master's hand.

Argyll Jeanette Volunteering

When we came back to the UK in 2002 it was to move into a house we had bought four years earlier. We slowly got dragged into village life and never realised how our lives would change through joining our Community Council.


I hope you enjoy reading this festive story.

Tottie Blue Lagoon

‘And take your blue budgie with you!’ David’s last angry words rang in my ears as he slammed the front door of the police house in my face, and on my marriage.

 Parcel Sharon

When Connie heard the loud throb of a van engine outside, she peered out of the window.

Anne Williams new life

Do you know, since I decided to keep you up-to-date with how I’m taking on retirement head on, I just haven’t had a moment to tell you about it!

Trouble and Strife

This short story is about a couple who keep trying get married, but things keep getting in their way!

Pauline B Run for life

You are never too old have a go at something different, that’s what I try and tell myself.

TLC Sharon B

As mentioned in the newsletter, maybe some of you like writing short stories for pleasure. If you would like to send yours in,  I will reproduce it on the website. The first one has been sent in from Sharon Boothroyd and is a light hearted romance. Sharon came up with the idea!

Helen Vereker Singers

Photo by courtesy of Brian O'Donahue

The choir I belong to, Helen Vereker Singers make videos and put them up on YouTube. Our leader Helen Vereker makes a fantastic job of editing them.


I have written articles before about the love I have for my local choir - HEREFORD POP CHOIR Helen Vereker Singers.

 Pauline Mason

Swanwick Writer’s School has been happening at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire each summer for 67 years. I first heard the name when my mother came in the early years, with members of Nottingham Writers Club.

 Sue and Sheila

Hi Sue, great to catch up with you again after a two year absence! I am delighted you have brought Sheila with you for a combined interview this time.

 Lipogram comp

Thank you to everyone who took part in my Lipogram Competition. Two winners have been chosen. It was a difficult decision for the judge who enjoyed reading all of your superb entries. Lipograms are difficult to write, but highly satisfying to complete.


About nine months ago I began looking for unusual gifts online.


Have you ever written a Lipogram? They are very difficult, but not impossible and can be a fun way to spend an hour or two!

Bees Update

Back in March, I wrote a piece for OAPSchat called Getting the Buzz on Bees. Beekeeping is the perfect excuse to spend time in the fresh air, grow lots of flowers—and call it saving the planet!

Cat Cruising

Between 2004 and 2006, David Thomas experienced a series of disasters in his life, culminating in being told that he only had terminal cancer and only a short time left to live.

Chris S boat

It’s launch day for Blue Nun, time to see if all the hours spent scrubbing every bit of her, hoisting sails (during which I managed to turn the boatyard air blue as I fight with one end of a flapping Genoa (sail) whilst Tom bellows instructions from the other) and the long, hard, expensive fight to install a sea loo have paid off.

 Paul Simon

Copyright Columbia Records

On April 12th 2015, me and my husband (I can’t say my husband and I, or I would sound like the queen) left our home in Cornwall and set off ‘up country’.

Tracy Burton

As a teenager, I always loved walking and secretly longed to go off backpacking, to explore pastures new and exciting. Unfortunately, my friends were more interested in fashion, boys and nightclubs, and it never occurred to me to find others with similar outdoor interests.

Janice H

Today I am interviewing best selling novelist Janice Horton.Good morning Janice and thank you for agreeing to answer some questions for us.

Christina bees

Keeping bees is both an art, and a craft. It teaches you the benefits of patience, organisation, record keeping, hygiene, and safe food handling. In a good year you’ll get honey to eat and wax to make into polish, soap and candles too.What more could you want from a hobby?

Kathy Rollinson

It was the year 3015. During the last 1000 years, Earth had faced many disasters, mostly man-made. Global warming projections had proved devastatingly correct. Rising sea levels meant almost a third of the planet was underwater. In fact, you could take a glass-bottom boat to view part of New York under the sea – hailed as the New Lost Atlantis.

 David Rob

You have to hand it to Flatcap. With the weights gone and the jogging forgotten, he’s found new ways to get into a shape other than round.



Ever thought about taking up Quilling? I am interviewing Tina K Burton today and am about to find out for myself!

David R Flatcap

Allow me to introduce you to Flatcap. He’s been around in print and audio for some time, and now he has his own comedy video channel.

Cat Lynx

We finished season 4 of our ghost hunting show, Calamityville Horror in style – on board the luxury passenger ship, the SS Great Britain.


Hopefully, you are reading this because you like reading! I know that I would be lost and very fed up if I couldn't read! Books, ebooks, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, posters, google search, the list of reading devices seems almost endless.


Early spring is always an anxious time for the dedicated water vole fan. Each year, some colonies come back as strongly as ever, some might disappear, while others decide to shift themselves along the water course and pop up where you didn't expect them.