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Get ‘Intae a Fankle’ at the Big Burns Supper!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 11, 2013

Big Burns Supper

Big Burns Supper | World’s Biggest Burns Night Celebration | 25th – 27th of January 2013 | http://www.bigburnssupper.com | Box Office 0800 689 9405

I’m delighted to announce that local poet JoAnne McKay and I will be running a short workshop as part of the Big Burns Supper. We’re giving people a chance to unleash their inner bard with a Burns-inspired Fankling Workshop – and it’s suitable for all ages of aspiring (or indeed accomplished) poets. Find out more on the Fankle website – or you can book now online via the Big Burns Supper site.

And there will be plenty more going on as part of the Big Burns Supper event – which is way more than just Rabbie Burns. It’s a festival of music, comedy, art, drama (and of course haggis), and probably the biggest thing to hit Dumfries in a long while.

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Another Birding Thriller …

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 14, 2012

You would have thought that, ‘birdwatching thrillers’ was a fairly narrow genre – but not so narrow that there isn’t room for more than one. Just recently I was contacted via the magic of Twitter by Charles Stubbs whose e-book, Web of Deceit, is another thriller with a birdwatcher as a protagonist. From the blurb (I haven’t read the book) it sounds interesting:

Six weeks ago George Travis was living quietly in North Wales in the UK – keeping himself to himself, bothering no-one, walking and birdwatching in his spare time. Now he’s on the run: wanted by the police, vilified in the national press, and hiding from a man he thought was his friend. In desperation, Travis seeks help from a woman he has met only once before, hatching a plan that will lure his tormentor out into the open. But to make the plan work he has to stay one step ahead of the police, the press and the man he eventually comes to know as Yr Hen Was, ’The Devil’. Played out against the stunning backdrop of the North Wales mountains, this is the story of how one man fights back against the media and their power to distort facts, exploit innuendo and ruin lives…

A different sort of premise from Out of a Clear Sky – but if you like your thrillers to come with a birdwatching background, one to look out for.

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Is this Thing ON?

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on March 15, 2012

Wow – apologies for the radio silence, it’s not that I’ve not been writing, or doing things, just nothing much to report on this site

Anyway – appropriately enough – I’m writing now because I will be literally breaking my radio silence, by appearing on Dumfries’s community radio station Alive Radio 107.3 FM on their regular Friday Book Review slot at 1:30pm tomorrow, talking about Out of a Clear Sky and reading a few extracts from it.

If you miss it – or you’re not in Dumfries you can listen again as it will be available as a podcast (details coming soon). And if you can’t wait till tomorrow you can catch up on some of their earlier podcasts – such as this interview with Margaret Elphinstone, or this one with Mary Smith

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Writers Hub Readings – now online

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on November 13, 2010

Apparently, there’s a podcast of me reading and another one of the lively discussion we had afterwards at the Writers’ Hub live event. So if you couldn’t make it and wondered what you missed, go and have a listen. I don’t remember much of what I said except at one point I did say that the key to a writing career in Scotland was a decent thermal base layer. Keeping warm is important…

I say apparently, because I haven’t had the nerve to go and listen because I hate the sound of my recorded voice. I’m pretty sure that in real life I don’t sound like Barbie with a cold, but that’s the way I always seem to come across. So I won’t be checking it out myself, and I apologise if you in fact find yourself listening to something completely unexpected instead…

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Inside Out Festival

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on October 13, 2010

I’ll be making the long trek down to ‘that London’ to  appear – and reading – at the Inside Out festival on Monday 25th October – details here. It’s all part and parcel of the Writers’ Hub from Birkbeck, a lively resource for writers and the people who love them – or love to read them anyway.

If any readers are in London and can come along, don’t forget to come up and  say hi afterwards. I’ll be the one picking straw out of her hair … if you’re really lucky I’ll have remembered not to wear my fleece

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The Fankle Out Now

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on May 24, 2010

Cross posting – see the Fankle website for more details

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Touring Two Nations in one Day

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on October 30, 2009

Okay, this is a bit of a cheat, because the nations in question are Scotland and England – and Eyemouth and Berwick, to be precise. But if anyone is in the Borders, I shall be at the excellent Crossing the Bar bookshop in Eyemouth on Tuesday 3rd November at lunchtime, from 12 noon, signing books and chatting to anyone who fancies coming along. And then in the evening I shall be meeting the Berwick Book Group who have kindly invited me along (well, actually, I invited myself and they kindly agreed!) to talk about my book.

If there are any other book groups out there – preferably reasonably local, but you never know – who would be interested in meeting a real live author, please get in touch with me via the contacts page. I’m always delighted to meet real live readers as well…

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Calling all Aspiring Novelists

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on June 11, 2009

I shall be helping to run this workshop on Saturday 27th June. Although I’m a bit of a tyro at these things, Debi – who’ll be leading the session – is an old hand so you’ll be guaranteed a useful day. There’s still (I think) a couple of places left, so if you are interested, hurry up and book, before it’s too late.

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Post on Bookarazzi

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on March 24, 2009

I’ve a short piece on the Bookarazzi website at the moment about where I write.

After all, it was going to be a long wait before the Guardian contacted me for their Writers’ rooms series…

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Enter the Dragon

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on November 25, 2008

It’s been a bit quiet here since the excitement of Book at Bedtime, mainly because I’m concentrating on writing the next book, and there’s nothing more dull than hearing a writer angsting on about progress on their difficult second novel, so I’ll spare you that. But one thing I am doing is a spot of mentoring for the Koestler Trust.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t say much about this because of confidentiality issues, but fortunately for me my mentee (and I’m assured that that is a real word) is Shaun Attwood of Jon’s Jail Journal, a blog he kept while in prison in Arizona, and he’s blogged the experience from his angle here. As I mentioned to Shaun, I sound like a bit of the dragon lady – I’m sure I wasn’t quite so blunt in my assessments face to face. But it’s always fascinating to catch a glimpse of oneself in someone else’s mirror, and if anyone is interested in joining the Koestler scheme – or mentoring in any capacity – it might be worth keeping an eye on our progress through the year. I’ll post up here with links as we go, but I urge you all to check out Shaun’s blog anyway, for his lively tales of life in America’s jails and beyond

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