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First Website Workshop

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on August 28, 2012

I’ve long thought it would be useful to others to have a workshop helping people set up websites or blogs. While many people find it easy to work out how something like WordPress works just by reading the help or trying things out, for others it can be a bit daunting and instead they end up paying a lot of money for a website which they then struggle to maintain. So, with the generous support of CABN (Creative Arts and Business Network) Dumfries & Galloway, who provided the training facility, I spent this afternoon helping four fellow local writers set up websites and blogs of their own.

They are:

Please go over and have a look – and encourage them to keep going! Some of them are quite new to the world of websites and blogs (and were looking a bit shellshocked by the end of the day) but I’m sure they’ll all get writing soon and it will definitely be worth hearing what they have to say.

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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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Join me for the Nithsdale Creative Hustings

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 23, 2012

On Wednesday, I appear to have allowed myself to be roped into chairing the Nithsdale Creative Arts Hustings in Dumfries. This is a chance for anyone interested in the arts in the area to ask their local politicians how they will support the arts.

The event starts at 7pm at the Brigend Theatre in Dumfries. Any suggestions for questions gratefully received!

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Celebrate World Book Day … in Stranraer

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 20, 2012

On Monday 23rd April I will be in Stranraer library to help celebrate World Book Night with a free party!

I’ll be introducing my book – Out of a Clear Sky – with a short reading and also explaining which is my favourite of the chosen World Book Night books. There will be book giveaways and refreshments – so I hope to see you there. The event runs from 10:30 til 12.

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Radio Interview up on Site

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on March 16, 2012

If you missed me on the Alive Radio broadcast this afternoon, never fear – it’s available as a podcast. I’d listen myself but I’m far too horrified at the sound of my own voice. I’m sure I can’t really sound like that…

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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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Wigtown Festival

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on September 4, 2010

This year the Wigtown Festival is holding Wigtown Ink, a ‘festival within a festival’ – for writers, by writers. And I’m delighted to say I’ll be there – I hope that people can join me. I’ll be around on Sunday 26th September at the Book Bazaar (1-3pm) and then again on Monday 27th September at 2pm in conversation about Out of a Clear Sky. And for anyone who likes a more hands-on event, Hugh Bryden and I and others from the Dumfries Writers will be holding a session at 12pm on that day on Getting into a Fankle

See you there!

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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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