Excited to be featured on the Powered by Indie Page today – a celebration of authors who have successfully taken the plunge into independent publishing. I did so over five years ago when digital publishing was in its infancy but it has opened up huge opportunities for many writers.
I hope the stories on the Indie Page will give encouragement to others.
If anyone is in Morpeth, Northumberland on SATURDAY 7th JUNE then come along to The Chantry Museum at 3pm for a trip back in time to 1920’s India!
Unique cine footage that my forester grandfather filmed in the foothills of the Himalayas and never before shown in public will provide the backdrop to readings from the novel. Take a look at the taster clip showing my mum and uncle being transported in a basket on top of a mule along narrow mountain tracks!
Tales of tigers, tennis and tea parties …. I’ll be talking about the real life experience of my grandparents in India who trekked into remote parts of the Himalayas – and how this inspired the latest novel in my India Tea Series.
The event is free but to book a place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When Carol Shannon, the unruly daughter of Brassbank’s pit manager, falls for young miner, Mick Todd, their defiant relationship causes a storm in the close-knit mining village. For the bitterness between their families runs as deep as the coal seams that are Brassbank’s lifeblood. But the hardest battles are still to come for rebellious Carol. With 1984 dawns the year long Miner’s Strike that divides the nation and sets communities at war. Hardship not only threatens Brassbank’s survival, but pushes Carol and Mick’s passionate union to breaking point, leaving tragedy in its wake. Set against the fascinatingly vivid backdrop of a momentous time, Never Stand Alone is an impassioned novel of a woman’s fight for her community, her family and the man she loves.
‘A tough, compelling and ultimately satisfying novel … another classy, irresistible read’ Sunderland Echo ‘She pulls no punches, tells it like it is and taps directly into your emotions. Excellent’ Northern Echo ‘A vivid picture of courage in the face of injustice…Never Stand Alone ought to increase the author’s growing band of fans’ Northern Review ‘The gritty, unforgettable story of families torn apart by the conflict that divided a nation…a powerful story’ World Books
Morpeth was buzzing today with the first events of the year to mark the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s martyrdom in the cause of women’s emancipation.
Werca’s Folk singing The Women’s March by Emily’s grave
A hundred years ago, her protest at the Epsom races for Votes for Women led to her being trampled by the King’s horse. She died a few days later. Her body was brought back to be buried in the family plot in Morpeth, Northumberland – and huge crowds lined the road to pay tribute to “the wild lass”.
Today, there was a packed church at St Mary’s for a very moving service of tributes and songs, and a procession to the graveside.
Descendants at Emily’s graveside
Lauren Caisley, descendant of Emily’s who spoke at the service – Emily would have been proud!
Later in the day, I was doing a signing atRutherford’s department store in the town (close to where Emily used to make passionate speeches and throw sweets to local children). A special edition of my suffragette novel, NO GREATER LOVE, with a new ending, has been launch today to mark Emily’s centenary.