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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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