Visiting the Republic of Ireland
and I have been back just over a week from a two week stay in the Republic of
Ireland. We chose it for this year’s
holiday as we’d expected Brexit to have happened by now and that how one travelled
to other countries may still have been uncertain. The Irish were still going to accept our driving
licenses. We have yearlong and worldwide travel and car insurance anyway.
Brexit hasn’t happened yet. We found the Irish just as cheerful, friendly and helpful
as we’ve always found them though couple of them did say “Take your Brexit back
with you.” It was a bit of relief watching the Irish news. Naturally they are
also concerned about Brexit but they also focussed on other items.
were lucky with the weather. It rained for most of one day and there were a
couple of showers on other days. The rest of the time, however, it was warm and
sunny but not hot. Ideal for boat trips, visiting old castles and interesting walks.
also enjoyed a pleasant evening of good food, Guinness and Irish music.
do some work on holiday: does one actually need a holiday when you do what you
love? I think you do, so that you can get
things into perspective. Still, I did some
writing and editing. And I gained some ideas for stories: one paranormal and two
about feisty women.
News about my writing
Not a lot new
here: I’m ploughing on with 240 X 70, Peace
Child 4 (The House of Clementine) and Not
Just Fluffy Bunnies, my non-fiction text
about the darker side of children’s literature, seems more neutral.
On the short story
front I’ve written Bus Stop, a story
about an incident at a bus stop. I’m currently trying to place it. It has been rejected
once to date.
books for children
There are no new additions
this month. This is partly because as we were away I was reading from my Kindle
and though there are some young adult texts on there they didn’t come to the
top of the list. However, at the moment I am reading a children’s book by David
Almond and that will be added to the catalogue soon.
Current reading recommendation
It was difficult to decide again which book was the best one
in September. However, I’ve opted for an unusual text: Will Self’s Umbrella.
It’s not an easy read. The
point of view shifts quite often and the characters flitter between the past
and the present. There are no chapters and few paragraph breaks. It deals with mental
illness, abuse and relationships gone wrong. This is one I read on holiday. I always
read a lot when I’m on holiday and then I read intensely. This book needs that.
It also requires a good deal of concentration.
It is worth it! You’ll find it here
This month I’m
giving away mob-file copies of my flash fiction collection 140 X 140. These are 140 stories, each 140 words long. The title of each includes the date on which it
was written. Each story is a response to
the first picture I saw on Twitter on the day of the story. Note, my 280 X 70 that I’m currently working on does
something very similar!
Get your free mobi-file for your Kindle and lots of other goodies here.
Note, that normally my books and the books supplied by the imprints I
manage sell for anything from £0.99 to £10.99, with most on Kindle being about
£2.99 and the average price for paperback being £7.00. We have to allow our
writers to make a living. But I’m offering these free samples so that you can
try before you buy.
Naturally I welcome reviews.
The Schellberg Project
The posts may be helpful for teachers who are familiar with
the Schellberg stories or who are teaching about the Holocaust.
This month I’ve added a post about Käthe Edler becoming
English. She came over to England as a young mother in 1939.
You can read the post here.
I’m still promoting my school visits associated with The House on Schellberg Street
project. I’ve now developed a whole workshop for this. It starts off with a
board game, includes some role play and creative writing and ends with a
It is now possible to purchase the kit to work on on your
own. Find details here.
Costs for my workshops = travel expenses plus £400 for a
full day and £200 for a half day. This includes all materials and some
freebies. Two schools near to each other might consider splitting the day and
halving the travel expenses and fees. This is open to negotiation in any
I also offer a free half day visit, though you pay my travel
expenses, if you allow me to promote my books.
I’m continuously adding materials for schools to the site
that are different from the ones I use for the workshops. I’ve recently added
in resources and books to do with the topic. See them here
Query for a school visit here.
I’m also happy to tailor a visit for your agreed donation.
This can be for either a Schellberg Cycle
visit or a creative writing workshop. Any monies raised this way will go
specifically to a project I have for a non-fiction book about a journey that
will follow the footsteps of Clara
I’m hoping to do the whole journey by train, including departing via
my nearest Metrolink station. It’s important to feel the rails beneath my
I offer as well standard author visits which include
readings from my books, Q & A sessions and creative writing exercises.
Please remember, with these as well, I’m open to negotiation
if you can’t afford the full price.
Some notes about my newsletters and
They do overlap a little but here is a summary of what they
Bridge House Authors
For all those published by Bridge House, CaféLit,
Chapeltown or The Red Telephone or interested in being published by us. General
news about the imprints. News for writers. Links to book performance. Sign up here.
News about our books. Sign up here.
The Creative Café Project
News about the project and CaféLit –
for the consumer rather than for the producer.
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News about my writing, The Schellberg Project, School
Visits and Events. Find it here.
Opportunities List Remember I
keep a full list of vetted opportunities on my writing blog. See them here. New ones
are added several times a day. Roughly once a month I go through it and take
out all of the out of date ones. At that point I send it out to a list. If you
would like to be on that list, sign up here.
Pushing Boundaries, Flying Higher
News about conferences and
workshops to do with the young adult novel. (infrequent postings) Sign up here
Red Telephone Books
News about our books and our authors. Sign
A Publisher’s Perspective
Here I blog as a publisher. Access
The Creative Café Project
Listings and reviews of creative
cafés. See them her
Find these here
Gill James Writer
All about writing and about my books. View
Gill’s Recommended Reads
Find information here
about books that
have taken me out of my editor’s head.
Gill’s Sample Fiction
Read some of my fiction here.
The House on Schellberg Street
All about my Schellberg project.
Read it here.
All about teaching creative writing.
Some creative writing exercises. Access this here.
Books Books Books
Weekly offers on our books and news of new books.
Find them here.
Happy reading and