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Anne Perdeaux

March 2019

Studied the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course

Anne Perdeaux"I enrolled on the Creative Writing Course in March 2009, and in less than a year my writing had repaid the course fee. In 2011 I was awarded Writer of the Year.

"Since then I’ve been writing steadily for magazines, in particular ‘Your Chickens,’ and am now recognised as a chicken expert. I was even interviewed by Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 for a chicken-related feature, which was very exciting (or perhaps eggs-citing!).

"A Family Guide to Keeping Chickens was published in January 2014. After completing the section of the course on planning a non-fiction book, I had the confidence to approach a publisher with a proposal. I was overjoyed when they agreed – and a little daunted to have a deadline of six months to write it. The manuscript was finished on time and scheduled for publication in May 2013, but in December 2012 the publisher was taken over by Constable and Robinson. It was an anxious time, but fortunately C&R decided to go ahead with my book. They required some changes to the format, however, including fully illustrating the text with colour photographs. Publication was put back to January 2014. This was very disappointing but turned out for the best – as it took me that long to source all the pictures. The result was worth all my efforts and I still feel very satisfied with my book, which went on to receive excellent reviews.

"A second edition of A Family Guide to Keeping Chickens came out in January 2018. Another take-over at the publishers resulted in the colour photographs no longer being required, but apart from some updates, the text is largely unchanged. My aims were to provide clear and comprehensive information for complete beginner to henthusiast, for it to be well-written, and also fun. There are sections for the children, some terrible chicken jokes and plenty of anecdotes illustrating the ups and downs of chicken-keeping. My aim when I started writing professionally was to produce work I could be proud of, and to date this book has been my greatest achievement.

"My ambition for 2019 is to – finish my course! The only problem has been the success engendered by the early part, which has led to me fulfilling my ambitions, although not quite in the way I’d once envisaged. One day I will get started on my novel. The working title: Fifty Shades of Chickens."

Alice Vinten Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2020

“All I knew when I joined up with The Writers Bureau is that I'd always wanted to write and never had the nerve to start. I've been an avid reader from an early age, and 'being a published writer' seemed like an unobtainable dream. The Writers Bureau opened my eyes to possibilities that I'd never considered before - writing for magazines, pitching for non-fiction books, and researching the writing industry. On the 18th April 2019, my memoir On the Line - Life and Death in the Metropolitan Police was published in paperback by Two Roads Books.”

Alice Vinten - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2020

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