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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
Chippfest
Chippfest

By alisonroseknight, Mar 30 2015 06:43PM

On Wednesday 3rd June 2015, I’ll be appearing at the Tiverton Literary Festival alongside some of my favourite authors – Jenny Kane, Julie Cohen and Rachel Brimble. More details to follow, but in the meantime, you can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378005925832345/




By alisonroseknight, Mar 30 2015 06:39PM

I’ve been thrilled to have been invited to appear on the blogs of two writer friends, both best-selling authors – Rachel Brimble and Jenny Kane. Here are the links – do go and have a look and leave a comment if you’d like to.


http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/welcome-accent-press-author-alison-rose.html


http://jennykane.co.uk/?p=1215



By alisonroseknight, Mar 20 2015 10:34AM

Thanks to

David Norrington for organising a great day at the Pontyclun Book Fair on 7th March. I shared the Accent Press stand with Hazel Cushion, my publisher, and fellow Accent Press authors Wonny Lea, K A Hambley and TS Harvey. I had a lovely time meeting keen readers and signing books, as well as participating in a panel discussion.



At

7.30pm on 18th May 2015 , I'll be speaking to the Chippenham Ex Libris reading group at the Jubilee Rooms in Chippenham.



In

early July, come and see me at the Chippenham Arts Festival in Wiltshire. I'll be sharing a stage with a

fantastic panel of authors from the Romantic Novelists Association - Liz Fielding, Louise Douglas, Rachel Brimble and Nicola Cornick. More details to follow.



If

you'd like me to speak at your event or at a meeting of your group, please send me a request via my contact page.


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