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Meeting Bookclubs & more mentoring

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on April 23, 2009

I spent last night at Glencaple bookclub – a local group about a year old, who seem to have retained a real passion for books and reading. It was the first time I’d attended a book group as either a reader or an author – the whole book group thing sort of passed me by – and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. Apart from the thrill of seeing so many copies of my book, all out there in the hands of real readers, the questions were a fascinating insight into how people read the book and what they thought about the characters and plot.

Some of the questions I had expected, but there were others that really had me intrigued. Perhaps the liveliest – and most unexpected – discussion (to me at least) was on the subject of what the characters in the book really looked like. I know myself that when I’m reading (and also when I’m writing) I form a picture of the characters I’m reading about. What was most interesting to me was what what a wide range of impressions these readers had. I came home exhausted, a little croaky, and energised. If there are any book groups out there¬† who’d like to arrange something similar, please get in touch via the contacts page

Meanwhile my mentoring sessions for the Koestler trust continue – I was going to say a very different kind of meeting, but actually when it comes down to it, they’re not that different: the passionate and detailed dissection of the written word. You can read more about a recent one from the mentee’s point of view on his blog here

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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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