Monthly Archives: May 2011

The SWWJ International Life Writing Competition

Loads of people write about their lives in one way or another. Some of us just mix it judiciously into fiction but here’s a comp for those who enjoy the blending of memories and research that characterises the best biography and autobiography.

Details below and you can discover more here.

 is delighted to announce its


With prizes totalling £9,000

Sponsored by The Morris Duo Foundation for SELVA
(Standard English, Literacy and Visual Aesthetics)

Judges: Sophie King and Katie Fforde

Word Count – 3000 words maximum – Closing Date: 30.09.2011

Entry by email only via our Submissions page

‘Life Writing’ is a fluid term used to describe the recording of experiences and memories, whether one’s own or another’s. It covers biography, memoir, diaries, letters and personal essays etc., and, more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email. It can also be linked with genealogical study – when recording your own life, it is common to become curious about the lives of others, and if they have not recorded their own life, to start doing it for them.

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Women Aloud

I’ve been so busy on my blog tour in support of Love & Freedom’s publication on 1 June in the UK and Starting Over, All That Mullarkey and Want to Know a Secret? in Australia, that my own blog is sadly neglected. (Poooooor blog. I’m sorreeeee.)

My complete blogtour is listed in the sidebar.–>

This is a good opportunity for me to announce Women Aloud because I’m really pleased to be a part of it. It’s a project put together by Ian Skillicorn of National Short Story Week, Short Story Radio and Talking Bookshelf. It’s thought to be the first charity anthology as an audio book and features stories from:

Judy Astley, Elizabeth Chadwick, Rowan Coleman, Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson, Catherine King, Sophie King, Carole Matthews, myself, Allie Spencer and Trisha Ashley.

The anthology is in support of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which provides bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students, such as those suffering from dyslexia.

All writers and actors have donated their work.

The collection will be available both on CD and as MP3 download. I think it’s going to make a fabulous ‘in car’ CD or a gift for those who love audio books. You can preorder it here.

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Ladies Who Love

I’m really looking forward to the Ladies Who Love Day.

It’s part of the Bromley Lit Fest, and I’m giving a workshop with my fellow Choc Lit author and good buddy, Christina Courtenay. Here are further details:

Saturday 25th June is Ladies Who Love Day – a celebration of romantic fiction.  RNA authors,Christina Courtenay & Sue Moorcroft will be giving a Romantic Heroes workshop – teaching you how to create characters your readers fall in love with. There will be a  Ladies Who Love panel event where you can find out how to win your readers’ hearts with  Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners, Lynne Tapper , author of Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper and Juila Williams author of The Bridesmaid Pact. Juliet Archer will be giving a talk on Austen and romantic fiction.  Acorn will also be running another self-publishing masterclass.

The box office is now live and here is the link:  

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