Full house for ArtsFest Lit Salon

Full house for ArtsFest Lit Salon


Lyn Martin, Gill Meller & Janis Lane at the ArtsFest Literary Salon

The ArtsFest Literary Salon, with special guest, chef and Guardian writer Gill Meller, was a huge success. Held at luxury boutique B&B Dorset House, guests enjoyed seasonal cocktails and canapés inspired by recipes in Gill’s debut solo cookbook, Gather

Janis Lane, owner of The Writing Room in Lyme, hosted proceedings with Lyn Martin, Dorset House proprietor. After sampling delicious homemade treats, guests were seated in the sumptuous lounge and dining room for a reading of John Keats’ Ode to Autumn, read by writer and poet Phil Whitehead: a fitting seasonal start. Gill and Janis then talked about the inspiration behind Gather and Gill’s love of the local landscape and seasonal cooking, and guests also asked their own foodie questions. A book signing rounded off a wonderful evening.

The next Literary Salon is on Sunday 11th December from 5.30-8pm at Dorset House, with special guest Nick Ivins telling tales from Walnuts Farm. Enjoy mulled wine, Christmas punch, mince pies and cheese, and bring a festive reading to share! Tickets are £15 each or £25 for two. Email jan@writingroomlyme.com for more details and bookings. Limited spaces available; advance payment secures booking.



A recommendation

A recommendation

I’m delighted to see my essay Fictional Worlds published on the Thresholds website. For those who like to read and/or write fiction, you may well be aware of the existence of this fantastic site, which is based at the University of Chichester.  It offers a wealth of information on the short form for both readers and writers; as ‘home of the international short story forum’, it really is worth taking some time to browse through.

My essay is a personal recommendation of Rose Tremain’s short story collection, The American Lover. If you do have time to take a look, I hope you enjoy the piece. Either way, I urge you to sample some of Tremain’s fiction – short or novels – she really is a master.

American Lover

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Something is working

Something is working

Some little bits of writing news. First, I was delighted to be long listed for the Bath Short Story Award for a tale I’m very fond of.

In the end I didn’t make the shortlist but I feel buoyed by the tentative steps towards validation. Turns out that people might just like some of my stories, which are written at bizarre times, sometimes about bizarre happenings. I will keep going.

I recently submitted an essay to the wonderful Thresholds, and equally wonderful is that fact that they plan to publish that essay in the coming months. I’ll post something here and on Twitter (@WritingRoomLyme) when that happens.

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Curiouser and curiouser

Curiouser and curiouser

I can’t wait to go to the Curious Arts Festival. Here’s why.

I’ll be…

  • Watching Billy Bragg
  • Laughing at Lucy Porter
  • Taking advice from DBC Pierre
  • Tasting fine wines
  • Hanging out with (or near) the literati
  • Taking my daughters to hear Carol Ann Duffy read
  • Watching aerial acrobatics and circus skills
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Keeping the gin tent in business

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