Plymouth Literature Festival

This year Plymouth literature festival (PlymLit17) is a nine-day event held in the historic city of Plymouth in Devon.

The aim is to offer something for everyone and will include readers of fiction, non-fiction and sports books through to writers of flash fiction, poetry and plays. The event is growing each year and this year events will be held around the city with the aim of connecting local writers and readers, showcase new talent and help people to discover new books.

I was delighted to be asked to join a panel of writers for a Q & A session, hosted by the business editor of The Herald, William Telford.

The panel was made up of an eclectic gathering of writers.

I have listed them below, from left to right.

Cally Starforth Hill is an author, poet, songwriter and writer of short stories. She has also written for theatre.

Samie Sands is a Cornish writer, like me, and author of the AM13 Outbreak series, published by Limitless Publishing.

Ryan Danes ‘s new book is called THE MAN WHO THOUGHT OUTSIDE THE BOX . He has written non-fiction and worked with well-known personalities such as former world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, Shane Meadows, and the estate of Big Daddy

Terri Nixon writes historical sagas and mythic fiction, including the Penhaligon Saga and The Lynher Mill Chronicles.

Playwrite, Chris Savery, has wowed New York audiences on Broadway and Paris. His play about Marilyn Monroe and the English Civil War featured at the Midtown International Festival in the Big Apple and later staged in Paris.

Then there is little old me.

Next in line is Johnny Mains, who is well-known for staging his Johnny’s House of Horrors movie screenings in the city, and bringing famous names from the genre to them. He is also an award-winning writer and editor.

Sasha Fenton is the author of fiction and many non-fiction titles in the mind, body and spirit genre.

We took it in turns to go on the stage to answer questions about our work, our route to publication and any advice we could offer budding writers. We also had the opportunity to read a sample of our work.

I had an enjoyable time and it was my first Q & A session at a literary festival. I hope it won’t be my last.

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