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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Novel News and The Stroud Book Festival

My new novel, or at least its opening chapters, was placed second by best-selling author Katie Fforde in the mainstream fiction competition organised by the Stroud Book Festival and sponsored by Katie.

I had to provide an excerpt of 3,000 words and a brief synopsis for the competition

Stroud Book Festival takes place between the 7th and 11th of November, features a huge variety of events, and includes famous names such as Prue Leith and Mary Portas. Patrick Gale and Bernadine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Wring at Brunel University, will be reading Refugee Tales written by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. And there will be a visit from Ade Adepitan, author, TV presenter and wheelchair basketball champion.

The competition news was a great surprise, a marvellous boost, and the feedback provided by Katie will prove invaluable when I'm editing. I submitted the pages to the competition before the novel was finished, but 'The Days Between the Hours' is now a complete draft undergoing revisions and I will hopefully have more news of it soon.

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Joanna! It must be lovely to have a boost like this.

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    1. Thank you so much, Frances - it really does feel like taking a step forwards! Such a nice surprise too as I'd put the competition to the back of my mind while I was writing the rest! xxx

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  2. How lovely, Joanna - many congratulations. Love that title!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosemary. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for it! xxx

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  3. Congratulations, Joanna, that is fantastic news! And I too love the title xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Teresa, and really pleased you like the title! xxx

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