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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Spouting Forth

This summer I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Grace Palmer and to read extracts from both my books at the July NovelNights event in the beautiful Strawberry Thief Bar in Bristol.

The theme for July was the road trip novel and the place was packed. What a wonderful audience they were, so warm and welcoming. They asked lots of good questions too and I could have talked all night!

NovelNights is a brilliant monthly event and guest authors, Mike Manson, Kathryn Hind, Jean Burnett and Lizzie Parker, were all reading from their road-trip novels. It was a great honour that Tying Down The Lion was featured and that I was also invited to talk about my short story writing as well.

Answering the insightful questions, both from Grace and the gorgeous audience

In other writing news, I was very grateful to be interviewed recently by the wonderful author, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, for The Short Story website, and answered some more thought-provoking questions about writing both short stories and novels.

And yesterday, in a break from writing, we had a family outing to the inspirational Witley Court ruins with its huge and stunning fountain of Perseus and Andromeda, which bursts into life on the hour. A stunning spectacle.

Middle daughter, Olivia, dwarfed by the stunning fountain in full swing

Adrian, Olivia and youngest daughter,Georgia

I hope you are all having a glorious summer too.


  1. How lovely to be invited to that event, Joanna. I love the photo of you. You look so comfortable and at home there.
    The fountain is absolutely beautiful - what an amazing sight :-) xx

    1. Thank so much, Teresa. I was amazed by how relaxed I felt once I sat on that stool, after feeling really nervous beforehand. I think the amazing audience was a big help. They all looked so interested and smiled at me a lot, which really put me at ease. I hope you continue to have a lovely summer too. I really enjoy your posts about all your activities and your gorgeous pictures. xxx

  2. What a brilliant time you've had recently, Joanna, and I'm sure the audience greatly valued your readings and answers. That's a wonderful in-depth interview and I've just left a short comment.

    1. Thank you so much, Rosemary. You're very kind and I appreciate that very much. xxx