Slipping Seasons & Fiction Judge Announcement

Slipping Seasons

No sooner have I remarked about where Summer has gone, then I find myself declaring the same about Autumn too; another season ‘goodbyed’ almost before I’ve had time to ‘hello’ it!


Marches Sunset 01/11/2017 By ECvW

In the Hay-on-Wye area we’ve enjoyed languidly mild weather of late, or porridge weather as I like to call it – neither too hot nor too cold, just a little blustery. Now we’re stampeding headlong towards the end of the year which also brings the faint promise of white weather. The numb harbinger of travel timetables and parents with children in school, dreading the mere mention of the ‘snow day’ imperative, but the odds-on heaven sent favourite of bobble hat sales staff and those ‘White Christmas’ dreamers and gamblers.

Weather aside, the final turn of the year brings us the dark long evenings full of frost and stars, thick socks, cosy chairs and a wealth of excellent books to curl up with. For authors perhaps a resurgence of brisk walks and the formulation of new narratives, poetic considerations or inspirational images away from Summer’s cluttered finery.

So here is the season of clarity, where light seems precious and the darkness filled with a new potential…

Fiction Competition – Judge Announced

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Iain Rowan – Photo curtesy of

It is with enormous delight I can reveal that the Judge for our 2017 Fiction Competition is Iain Rowan.

Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Bath Novel Award, and the Northern Writers Award, Iain is also the Creative Director for the Sunderland Festival of Creative Writing  and the adaptation screenplay of his short story  ‘Nowhere to Go’, is currently being filmed by the award-winning RGR Film Productions.

Iain’s books are available to buy via the infinity plus website – CLICK HERE


To find out more about our judge, Iain Rown –  CLICK HERE


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