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11/27/2013 Archived Entry: "Dorset Trip"

Bournemouth Bay, Dorset

Bournemouth Bay, Dorset

We’ve just arrived back from a few days in Dorset. This was partly a research trip, with a view to setting a crime novel in the area and partly because my middle daughter, Tricia, invited us to be her guests at the Venus Businesswomen’s Awards event. She was to be presented with a Venus Award as Outstanding Achiever 2013 in recognition of her work as a writer and film producer of her own book, Benedict's Brother*. As proud parents, we were very keen to go.

My eldest daughter, Janet, suggested we rent a cottage as a base and offered her services as chauffeur for the 300-mile drive to the south coast. She has a splendid new car with Satnav and all mod cons so I didn’t need asking twice.

Tricia receives her Venus Award

So last Friday saw us motoring through the New Forest on a beautiful crisp and sunny day, the trees magnificent in their autumn colours. When we arrived at the rather swish Rhinefield Hotel, there was a buzz of excitement about the place, with photographers clicking and flashing their cameras at all and sundry. After some introductions and preliminary drinks, we were ushered to our table on the balcony of a huge Jacobean dining hall, all a-glitter with chandeliers and sparkling crystal. The proceedings were much like any other awards event but we were immensely proud to be there to see Tricia receive her much-deserved trophy. The filming of Benedict's Brother is due to start in October next year; some of it in York, and some in Thailand. Can’t wait for it.

As you may have seen on my front page, Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey is now available as both a hardback and an ebook. Apologies to anyone who had to wait for their hardback – this was because it sold out very quickly, catching the publishers unawares. However, it is now back in print and I am anxiously waiting to see how this follow-up to the Constable series is received. If it goes well I’ll get cracking on a second one.

I have a Pluke novel with my agent and, fingers crossed, that should see the light of day next year. As they say, 'Watch this space'.

I'm still writing my column for the Darlington & Stockton Times – can’t believe it is coming up to its 37th birthday, coincidentally on our 55th wedding anniversary. My Rural View in the Malton Gazette is still going strong too; I get readers coming up to me in Helmsley Market to tell me what they think of it. I love writing my Kelderdale Chronicles for The Dalesman every month. It is a great little magazine and has a worldwide circulation. I think readers enjoy it for the nostalgia, interesting articles and evocative photos, not forgetting the amusing tailpieces. Long may it continue.

*Benedict's Brother by Tricia Walker Kindle edition now available from Amazon

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