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Remembering Mary Smith

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on June 14, 2022

Mary Smith was a good friend and a great supporter of writers across the region and it has been a privilege to work on this publication and event in memory of her.

Mary was the first person I let read a draft of Hare House and it was her response (and advice) that encouraged me to continue with it. She will be missed enormously.

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Thornhill Rotary Club

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on March 25, 2022

Thanks to the Thornhill Rotary Club for inviting me to speak at their meeting on Wednesday – I enjoyed the meal and the chat, and a really interesting discussion at the end! I was too busy to take any photos, but I really enjoyed my first introduction to a Rotary Club and I’d be happy to speak at any other local groups of a similar nature if they’d have me! You can get in touch with me here or email me on sallyhinchcliffe AT gmail DOT com

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Another event: Gallovidia Books in Kirkcudbright

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on February 3, 2022

Having had to cancel my own launch event for Hare House, I’m very excited to announce that I will be appearing at Gallovidia Books in Kirkcudbright on Wednesday 23rd February

This will be another ‘in conversation’ event, with a Q&A and a short reading. I really enjoyed the one I did at Booka in Oswestry (and I hope the audience did too) so I’m looking forward to it.

You can book here – tickets are £15 with a copy of Hare House included, or £7 without.

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Publication Day!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 6, 2022

It’s been a long time coming, but Hare House is finally published!

Sadly, I can’t have a physical launch because of the pandemic, but I have put together a little trailer video with a short reading from the opening of the book

It’s inspired by the landscape of Dumfries and Galloway, which in turn inspired the book itself, so it seemed appropriate. I hope you enjoy it.

The hardback should be in all good bookshops, or you can order it online in a variety of formats via this page.

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Meet me at Booka!

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 4, 2022

I’m very excited to announce my first ‘in person’ event to promote Hare House – on January 27th I’ll be doing an evening event at Booka in Oswestry, who’ve made Hare House their Book of the Month for January.

You can buy tickets at the bookshop or online – more details here.

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In lieu of a launch

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on December 18, 2021

I had hoped to be celebrating the publication of Hare House on January 6th in the traditional way, with a few drinks and some readings and a chance to catch up with some of the local literary gossip. Sadly, it’s not looking possible with the current COVID situation so I’ll be marking publication day differently, and hope that people will still be able to join me in some fashion.

Hare House was inspired by the landscape of Dumfries and Galloway, and especially as I’ve experienced it by bike. So it seems fitting that I should take to my bike to mark its publication in two ways. First, I’m going to put together a short film that visits some of the places that have fed into my writing, directly and indirectly. That will go live on the 6th January so please watch this space. I’m not a brilliant film maker or editor, so it won’t be a very finished product but I hope it will give some of the flavour of the place for those of you not lucky enough to know it yourselves.

The other half of my ‘launch’ is a bit more off beat. I didn’t want to miss the experience of signing the very first copies, or indeed, all the local literary gossip. So as I can’t bring all my friends and fellow writers together for the launch, I’m taking the launch to them. If you’ve ordered a copy of Hare House in time for publication day (or very close thereafter) – and you can find all the links you need to do so here if you can’t get to a local bookshop – and you live within cycling distance of Dumfries, then I will come to you and sign your book for you! I’ll try and put together a little tour of the region, and catch up with as many people as I can, so please let me know if you’re up for it (you can reach me on sallyhinchcliffe AT gmail DOT com).

And if you’re not local, I’m thinking about spreading my launch a little further afield – still by bicycle, I hope. Come the summer, and pandemic permitting, I’m planning on putting together a tour around Scotland of anyone who wants their copy signed. I may well come to regret this, but I’m always up for a bike ride, so if nothing else I will get some exercise and experience some more of my adopted homeland. It might even inspire another book, you never know. Watch this space for more details.

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Hare House to be published by Mantle Books in spring 2022

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 25, 2020

I’m delighted to announce that my second novel, Hare House, is to be published by Mantle Books in 2022. More details to follow soon.

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A Beach Hut, a Cup of Coffee, and … Well, Anyone, Really

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on July 30, 2014

Reblogged from my rather more unofficial main blog…

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Kirkcudbright Arts and Craft Trail writers in residenceOn Friday, I shall be fulfilling TWO long-held ambitions: to become a writer in residence and to have a beach hut. Sadly, both only last for an afternoon, which is not so much a residency as an afternoon visit, and the beach hut won’t actually be on the beach but in Kirkcudbright town centre, but hey, let’s not get picky here.

I know have to think about what to do with my short residency. Hopefully people will come and say hello because otherwise I’ll have to spend two hours maintaining my unthreatening and friendly but not in any way desperate writer’s expression as last practised during my one and only bookshop signing event. I will almost definitely have brought the means of making (or at least keeping hot) some coffee because it might just lure people in (cakes, while tempting, might smack of desperation). Does coffee with a writer sound…

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Popping up at WagTongues

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on November 28, 2013

Today and tomorrow I shall be at WagTongues – Dumfries’s latest popup bookshop, the brainchild of the Dumfries and Galloway Writers’ collective.  As well as manning the till, I shall be reading from my own novel, Out of a Clear Sky and also introducing just a few of the many writers who have featured in the Fankle.

preparing the sign for the window

Getting the popup shop ready last night

If the event in September in Wigtown is anything to go by, it should be a great occasion and a chance not just to browse and buy but to meet a great many local authors great and small.

books and comfy chairs

Looking good already

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Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 28, 2013

Just a quick note of yesterday’s Fankle workshop – from the Fankle site

The Fankle

We thought we were ready for anything at yesterday’s Burns Fankling workshop – but we hadn’t quite expected the Nith to be all but lapping at the venue’s door.

Fortunately it would take more than a little bit of flooding to stop the Big Burns Supper crew, and we were able to go ahead, with slightly diminished numbers. Mini Fankles, pens, pencils, scissors, glue and scraps of inspiration (courtesy of Luke and John McKay) were all quickly put to use, with soon the only sound in the room being the scratching of pens.

Pretty soon every participant, young and old, had struck some source of inspiration and it was all too quickly time to finish up, share what each other had done … and record it for posterity.

If you’d be interested in attending a Fankle workshop – or having one at an event of your own, then let us know.

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