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2nd April. As a writer or even a reader, are you doing your bit in these calamatus times? Difficult as it is, are you writing about Coronavirus, reading the reports from all walks of life?

Don’t forget, that beyond our difficulties in terms of isolation, food shortages and the virus itself of course, we have a responsibility. We are to be relied upon to recount the bad but more importantly,  the good, to our children and quite possibly our children’s children! The ‘Dunkirk’ spirit and our positivity will be the thing that sees us through in the end and these lessons are something that we must invest in.

I have started a daily journal reporting on the state of play at every waypoint, but focussing on the things we need to lift our spirits. So, come on everyone, flex that stiff upper lip!

Well well! As we go into our prolonged periods of isolation, as we disinfect and wash to the point that Happy Birthday must mean I’m well into my hundreds, us Brits turn to our books!

Its not a surprise in many ways, but to this extent, wow! It seems fiction book reading went up by a third, puzzle books, handicrafts and crime shot up too, but children’s books exploded by a massive 234%!

          So, it seems one good thing is coming out of our situation, we will all be better educated when we finally return to normal life! Keep reading folks.

 

OUT NOW! Released by MW self Publishing Partnership.  

This quirky collection of short stories by JANET HAWORTH will have your mind jumping to conclusions, teased by plotlines and immersed in eccentricity. The Curious Coincidences that she employs, will take you from reality, to return you only as she delivers her astonishing punchlines.

Read and be mesmerised by the revelation that she might be related to one of the Pendle Witches. Ask yourself if the stranger on your doorstep is really of this world or another. Shiver, as you learn of the eerie presence on the Delta oil platform, the dark foreboding of the ‘Kennelworth’ tunnel, and be spooked by the memories of Gran, as her house is cleared after her death. And… what is a ‘Bogart’ anyway?

 

Recent books

Working on behalf of Janet Haworth, I have published her book under a self – publishing partnership with her.

Within it she has included poems from her Catterline collection, that came out of her experience of living in the ‘Old Rectory’ perched on the cliffs overlooking an old fishing village. A place that inspired Joan Eardley’s paintings of the Glasgow School. Friends called it ‘Wuthering Heights by the sea.’ The village was a world away from the nearby city of Aberdeen, but she says it is a special place and wants to share share something of its soul in her poems.

Other poems came from working with memory, wanting to capture events that seemed important, sometimes sad and at times funny. The IT Girl began life as an advert for margarine. It is a, ’Found Poem,’ as is Fifteen Seconds. These words were inspired by a teacher working in a war zone who was being interviewed on Radio 4.

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Released in November last year; “CHILLED MORTALITY” is doing well. Available via amazon.

This is my fourth novel to date. It came about after watching a bizarre programme on the delights of body freezing. A strange and bizarre practice, I couldn’t but think of what the implications might be, should things be completed in a carefreee fashion.

It is also somewhat of a departure for me, the main thrust of the story having a romantic element running through it. I think I’ve done a good job!

SYNOPSIS In a bizarre interview, Paul and Jan tell of their story from fifty years ago and their nearly insurmountable marital problem deciding their future.

Set in the world of GM Cryogenics they reveal the bodily abuse going on there, the practices of a deceitful management, the blackmail, plotting and murder, whilst within the white cylinders the dead waited for their renaissance.

However, behind Paul and Jan’s story, there lies one amazing fact!

I’d like to thank my daughter Stacy, for help in preparing the book cover, and a friend who has asked to remain nameless, for help in the reaseach.

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Released last October, the BANGOR WRITERS GROUP ANTHOLOGY edited and presented by me, includes many short stories and poetry provided by members. The introduction:

As founder of the Bangor Cellar Writing Group, it is a privilege to introduce this anthology of poems and short fiction produced by its current members.  It has been one of the great pleasures of belonging to the writing group, being able to listen and learn from fellow members.  

I must express my full thanks to the Poetry Group sector of BCWG for the effort they have put into producing this anthology.  Thank you to Jean Dawson, Liz Cox, Mark Winson, Geoff Lincoln and Don Draper.

We hope that you find something touching, beautiful or thought provoking in all of these offerings.

                Mary Ward  Founder of Bangor Cellar Writing Group

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Current Writing.

You may well ask yourself how marriages survive in these troubled days. How a couple cements their relationship and how? Now, that’s difficult enough when married to one woman, but what does married man Connor do when he finds himself in the laps of three women all at the same time.   The Trouble is:  One – wants to love him. One – wants to hurt him and one – wants to exploit him, but which one’s which?

 

POETRY

Once a week on my website and on social media, I will include some Poetry.

I am a member, ever since September, of a kind of social club, no writer should ever snub…  I enjoy it and am quite pleased with my contributions. All of which and some of those belonging to my fellow club members, can be found under the Short Stories and Poetry tab in the navigation bar. Take a look.

If you too want to join in, drop me a line via the contacts page.