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October 7th, 2011

First this week, I’d like to say congratulations to the winners of our Annual Short Story Competition! The stories were all very accomplished pieces and if you’d like to read them they are now available on our competition website. I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday for the event on Facebook to celebrate the winners – I hope you all had a good time because we certainly did.Wales400

Welsh Inspiration

Wales-a-400The weather is now firmly back to normal – but I took advantage of the sunshine last weekend to go to Wales and try out white water rafting. It was a great experience, even if I did feel a bit like a trussed turkey by the time I’d fought my way into a wetsuit and then had my life jacket tightened until it had the same effect as a surgical corset. We also took the opportunity of walking across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct near Llangollen (not for those with a fear of heights) and climbing to Castell Dinas Bran. I couldn’t help but think of Simon Whaley’s post a few weeks ago – those views certainly do inspire!

Children’s Book Week

This week (3rd-9th October) is Children’s Book Week – a celebration of reading for pleasure for primary school children. It’s been going for 80 years now – in libraries and schools around the country – and I hope it will still be going in another 80 years. There’s little that can beat the enjoyment of a good book and it’s so important that we convince children of this. It shouldn’t be about telling them that reading is good for them, it should be about guiding them to read the kind of books that will really grab their imagination and make them reach for the next, and the next, and the next… So, if you’ve ever wanted to write a book for children and feel you’ve got the flair that will grab the next generation’s imagination, why don’t you give it a try?

Small, but Perfectly Formed!

Finally, if you fancy winning one of our Fiction Writing courses why not enter our Halloween ‘twitter’ competition. All you have to do is write a spooky story in no more than 140 characters and, as you might expect, the closing date is 31st October.

My guest next week is Nick Dawes – someone who really can turn his hand to any writing assignment and handle it in a professional manner.

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