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By alisonroseknight, Feb 9 2016 03:13PM

I had quite a gentle introduction to publishing, with my first two books – Off the Record and Rescue Me being published by Accent Press as e-books and print on demand. But my next book – Rosie Goes to War – is a completely different matter, and it’s getting very exciting!


Rosie Goes to War will be published in paperback on the 14th April 2016, and can be pre-ordered NOW on Amazon:


It is part of the Accent Press new Young Adult book launch taking place at the London Book Fair from the 12th to the 14th April, and it’s already getting noticed.


Rosie Goes to War is even featured in a mini-video posted on Facebook on 27th January. I haven’t the technical know-how to download it onto my web site, so check it out here:


I’m gearing up for a blog tour, and there’s also talk of a schools tour! If you have links with any secondary schools who would like an author visit, please get in touch.

Exciting times! Now, I’d better get on with writing Rosie’s next adventure…


Here’s what they said in the top industry publication, The Bookseller
Here’s what they said in the top industry publication, The Bookseller

By alisonroseknight, Feb 9 2016 03:07PM

Got a nice write-up in The Town Crier magazine for the Chippenham and Calne area. The editor has also asked me to write some articles for future editions. My creative writing class at Chippenham College is full for this term. I’m going to be teaching a Life Writing course from April. Contact Wiltshire College for more details.

By alisonroseknight, Oct 14 2015 09:28PM

A published author from Wiltshire will be sharing her skills and knowledge through an exciting new creative writing course which starts at the Chippenham campus next month.


Alison Knight is looking forward to teaching those who would like to start a new chapter, saying: “I’ve met so many wonderful teachers who have helped me on my journey to publication, who have made creative writing fun and challenging and sometimes even life-changing.


“I am now looking forward to sharing my love of writing and encouraging and inspiring people on their own writing journey.”


‘Who? What? Where? When? ‘An introduction to Creative Writing’ is a four week course where learners will explore characters, genre, and writing in past, present and future tense.


Alison, who writes contemporary women’s fiction and young adult adventures, has always had a love of reading and writing, but didn’t start writing herself until her mid-20s.


After writing her first book, the mum of two decided to learn more about the craft of writing and went to university to study a Creative Writing degree, for which she received first class honours from Bath Spa University.


She also gained a Masters in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University and has been delighted to see her hard work paying off.


She already has two novels published after signing contracts with a publisher in 2014 and is looking forward to launching her latest tale Rosie Goes to War at the London Book Fair in 2016.


The course, which is suitable for anyone with an interest in creative writing and aims to inspire, motivate and inform, starts on Tuesday, 10th November, and takes place from 7-9pm.


For more information or to enrol visit www.wiltshire.ac.uk or call 01225 350035.

By alisonroseknight, Sep 16 2015 03:00AM

I haven’t taken a lot of notice of the school year in recent years – not since my youngest left school and headed off to university four years ago. I’m vaguely aware of the passing of terms and vacations as we live close to the village school and there’s a very brief rush of traffic just before nine and just after three in term time. Working at home, I can hear the little ones shrieking and laughing at play time. It’s always a happy, uninhibited sound which makes me smile.


But I’ve suddenly got to start taking notice of term dates because I’m about to embark on a new career as a teacher of creative writing.


On 10th November 2015, my first evening class begins at Wiltshire College’s new Chippenham campus. It will be a four week course for beginners called Who? What? When? Where? An Introduction to Creative Writing. Then I’ll be teaching a ten week course called Starting to Write from 12th January 2016.


Being given the chance to stand on the other side of the chalk-face (okay, I know it’s all whiteboards and PowerPoint these days, but you know what I mean!), is a privilege and a very scary adventure. I’ve met so many wonderful teachers who have helped me on my journey to publication, who have made creative writing fun and challenging and sometimes even life-changing. I still attend classes and workshops when I can, knowing that none of us is capable of knowing everything, and that we can all continue to learn from each other. Even though it’s a daunting prospect, I’m really looking forward to teaching.


I hope that I will be able to share my love of writing with my students, and encourage and inspire them on their writing journey.


If you’d like to enrol for one or both of my courses, please get in touch via the contact page.



By alisonroseknight, Sep 7 2015 03:44PM

Well, that’s the summer gone. Today the sun is shining, but the temperature has dropped. The leaves on the trees are turning, and we’ve seen a gaggle of geese flying south in a v formation. We had our last al fresco lunch outside a lovely café next to Reading Minster yesterday, shivering in fleeces, and today there’s a hearty stew in the slow cooker.


I’ve had a wonderful summer, starting with a holiday in Majorca which has inspired me to plot not one but two new novels. I’ve simply had no choice but to book another trip there next spring to continue my research and get some serious writing done in the right setting.


In the meantime, I’ve been very busy on several fronts, and I’ll tell you about them over the coming weeks. First, I’ve been talking about writing!


I was invited to speak to the Ex Libris Reading Group in Chippenham. I talked about my journey from scribbler to published author and read some extracts from my books. Some of the members of Ex Libris are old friends, so it was a gentle introduction public speaking as a writer. It’s strange, I’ve been giving presentations and talks to groups of all sizes in my day job for the last twenty years, but standing up to speak about being a writer, exposing my dreams and my words, was different – exciting and terrifying at the same time!


Next, came an invitation to Tiverton for their first Literary Festival, organised by my writer friend, Jenny Kane. I was one of the ‘Cupcakes and Romance’ panel of authors, alongside Julie Cohen and Rachel Brimble, talking about writing and answering questions from keen romance readers and some aspiring writers. It was a fun evening, fuelled by wine and cupcakes, and ending with a fabulous curry in Tiverton’s finest Indian restaurant.


They say things come in threes, and my third appearance was back in Chippenham, at the local library, during the Chippfest Arts and Music Festival. Rachel Brimble joined me again, together with best-selling author Louise Douglas, and historian and romance writer Nicola Cornick. Another round of wine and cupcakes and a lively audience made the evening fly by.


But hang on, invitation number four came out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. A fellow member of the Oxford Narrative Writers’ Group, poet John Vickers, asked me to join him on the community programme, That’s Oxford TV. During the half hour show on 24 August we talked about our different writing, and also commented on stories in the news that day. It should be available to view on Youtube soon. I’ll post a link when I get it.


So now I’ve been on TV and radio, had my first author talk with a reading group, and appeared on panels at literary events. I’ve loved every minute of it, so if you would like to invite me to speak to your group, or at an event, please let me know through the contact page.





Julie Cohen, Rachel Brimble, me& Jenny Kane at Tiverton Literary Festival
Julie Cohen, Rachel Brimble, me& Jenny Kane at Tiverton Literary Festival
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