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Fri 23 Sept / 14.00-15.30 

Jane Gilley

Join author Jane Gilley for a workshop including writing exercises, the sharing of work and discussion on the pros and cons of self-publishing and mainstream publishing.

From Jane Gilley...


'The impulse to write hit me around 7 years of age when I wrote a poem and put it to music, later, when I was ten.


In fact, I couldn’t stop writing throughout my school years, to the point where my maths teacher asked if I wanted some paper to write on being as I wasn’t paying attention to his class – and I loved Maths. Except I loved writing more.

But life and marriage eventually took over, so I put my writing on hold until I was able to snatch up my note books and transfer them to a computer and then I was unstoppable. I pursued all kinds of writing courses and, initially, wrote newspaper and magazine articles. Then I progressed to writing children’s books and self-published all 6 books in 2008. I obtained a book signing at Waterstones with Maisie’s dream, a young girl’s novella that same year.

Finally, I emerged into the genre of commercial women’s fiction. I was snapped up in 2017 by Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins via their Open Submission page and my debut novel, The Woman Who Kept Everything, was published in 2018, followed by The Afternoon Tea Club in 2020. I wrote 3 more books during Covid lockdown in 2020 and 2021 – The Making of Robert Moony / County Lines Road / Being In Love With You. I self-published these through Kindle.

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