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Bernadette O'Dwyer - Author
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Bacchus, Kim Nash and a room full of book lovers...
Question: What do you get if you cross a room full of book lovers, a themed location and Kim  Nash? Answer: a delightful Saturday filled with chat and laughter. Seriously , you do. Kim Nash, publicity manager for Bookouture, had the Midas touch yesterday br...

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Hibernation, recharge and tadah!
Have you ever craved total peace and quiet from the outside word? Where life becomes simple and your mind focuses only on the things that matters? Me too. So at New year I took the decision to extend my Christmas holiday feeling and put up the 'closed sign'...

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Goodread's Reading Challenge
A few years ago I complained that academic study had wiped out my life-long passion for reading. As 2015 draws to a close, I can honestly say - I'm cured. I've managed to read 42 books since January and am proud of the variety of genres selected; I've defin...

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Love Stories Awards - 'New Talent Award 2015'
It has finally happened, the dreamlike state that arrives when someone calls your name. The stomach swirl, the trembling lip and yes, tears of joy arrived last Wednesday evening. For me, it was the beautiful Emily Yau announcing the winner of the 'New Talen...

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NaNoWriMo 2015 - let the fun begin!
It has arrived! The beautiful day which I look forward to each year: 1st November. I know it might sound sad to many writers but seriously NaNo is one of the first dates I circle in any new diary. You may have clicked by now, I simply love NaNo! Last night,...

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Love Stories Awards: shortlisted 'New Talent Award'
It's been a few weeks since I updated but please forgive me... as I have news! It has taken the week for the information to sink in but I have been shortlisted in the Love Stories Awards 2015 for 'New Talent Award'! I'm both stunned and delighted to see my ...

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Competitions - chicken soup for the creative soul
Ever wanted a mini escape from your lengthy writing project? I have on plenty of occasions usually when my characters are bickering, the plot has fallen flat and the conflict arc is missing a major meltdown. On those occasions I take myself off 'project' fo...

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Planning for NaNoWriMo begins
It's that time of year again when the nights are drawing in, school term has begun and I'm dreaming of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.  It might only be half a novel but the joy of first draft writing is the part I love. Give me a fresh white...

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RNA Afternoon Tea in York
Q. What do you call a gathering of 95 writers for afternoon tea in York's Guild Hall? A. A booming success! Seriously, I am  buzzing having attended the RNA Afternoon tea in York yesterday - a fabulous afternoon organised by Lynda Stacey and Jane Lovering. ...

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Doesn't time fly!
Wow, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? Mine certainly has whilst
on school holiday and tomorrow, 1 st September looms from nowhere.
Where did August go? I’ve had the luxury of seven school-free weeks in which to write… and,
I’m proud to say, I’ve use...
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