Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Authors Jane Buckley and Eamonn Lynch


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this first post in the series.

Author Jane Buckley of Stones Corner, Turmoil interviews her guest Eamonn Lynch

I met debut writer Eamonn Lynch in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in early 2021, and immediately we struck up a sincere friendship that I believe will last a lifetime!

Eamonn’s first book, Get That Boy Home is a fictional tale based on his time growing up above the family pub in Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, leading up to and during ‘The Troubles’ as well as a period spent as an internee in Long Kesh, men’s prison in the early 1970s. Eamonn looks back at a time when a ‘wee voice’ in his head kept telling him to write a book and reveals his decision to dedicate it to his late brother, Hugh, who died in December 2017 after a short illness.

Eamonn says: “He is still very much alive in mine and all our family’s hearts and minds. So, a dedication to Hugh for that reason alone is entirely justified. However, Hugh was also instrumental in the title of my book, Get That Boy Home, which comes from a terse telephone call from my daddy in Derry to Hugh in London in 1969 when I was in danger of becoming another young Derry man lost to England. Hugh got me home. What an act of love that collusion with my dad turned out to be. He would have been so proud to see my book in print.

Get That Boy Home falls into the genre of historical fiction and sets out to capture the mood and experiences of the times leading up to, during and beyond ‘The Troubles,’ told through the story of its lead character, Dan Feeney.

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Eamonn says whilst the book is fictional, it is based on his own personal experiences.
“I think it’s virtually impossible to write my first book taking in those times in Derry without resorting to personal experience. However, the chapters on family and school life are typical of my life during those wonderful times. It was lovely and indeed surreal to relive my childhood through the prism of Dan Feeney, with the vocabulary, cynicism and humour of an adult looking back into that period as a child and young boy in the 1950s and 1960s. The hilarious story of Dan Feeney’s first date could only come from personal experience!”

“As a teenager who became an active republican after the introduction of internment in August 1971, I felt well able to mesh and merge fact and fiction to mix authenticity, creativity and drama to ‘The Troubles’ elements of the book. The chapter that covers internment in Long Kesh certainly reflects personal experiences, as I was interned during 1974/75.

“However, this is not a book solely about ‘The Troubles,’ it’s more about how a fairly normal boy and teenager found himself immersed into those times of a harsh educational system and a bigoted and unequal political one.”

The book also deals with Eamonn’s various human experiences, challenges, relationships, excessive drinking, and gambling.

He adds: “My own life has, to some extent, mirrored many of these themes but again the freedom to use imagination allowed me to add humour, pathos, tension, contradiction and controversy that, hopefully, makes the book enjoyable and takes the reader to places of identification, judgement, empathy, hilarity and sadness by engendering those emotions and reflections when reading Get That Boy Home.”

He adds the book is based, ‘but not entirely,’ on real people.

He adds: “The school and college chapters draw on my own memories of what to me seemed like the infliction of education and Catholicism on children by nuns, Christian Brothers, priests and lay teachers who, in hindsight, certainly had an abundance of knowledge to pass on, but were not equipped with the social skills to be around children and teenagers.

“I also used other characters that I knew or had heard about to fit into various roles throughout ‘The Troubles’ stories. I think this adds to the authenticity of the overall book.”
About 20 years ago, I started writing poems on many themes, and I still do. That was probably the lead-in to gaining the confidence to take on a book.”

He adds: “I’m one of those people who had a voice in my head saying, ‘there’s a book in you’ but a louder voice told me ‘The cheek of you to think you could write a book!” Eventually, the voices quietened after I had a ‘what the heck moment, and I just started writing. Now, I have published this book and have two more germinating.”

He says three words describe his feelings at the book being published: “Relief, satisfaction and joy. Having the printed book in my hand instilled a quiet pride in the achievement of writing and publishing a book. Even yet, I find it hard to refer to myself as a writer or an author. And those two labels will never eclipse being a dad, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, and a Derry man. Writing is my hobby; all those other things are my life.”

Having been privileged to read Get that Boy Home just before its publication, I can honestly say I still smile when I think of its first chapter and the images that came into and remained in my mind. It’s an extremely witty, absorbing, and at times, sad and poignant read, however I look forward to the following two books’ germinating’ in Mr Lynch’s head!

About Get That Boy Home

Get That Boy Home is a compelling, evocative, authentic, poignant, thoughtful and extremely witty tale of a young man’s experiences as the Troubles exploded onto the streets of Derry.

It falls into the genre of historical fiction which gives space and opportunity for truth and imagination to blend seamlessly into a very readable and enjoyable tale. Eamonn Lynch’s book sets out to capture the mood and heartbeat of the times leading to, during and beyond the Northern Ireland Troubles and is relayed from the perspective of fictional character Dan Feeney, a fairly typical young Derryman of that era.

It begins with Feeney as a middle-aged jogger, full of cynicism, sarcasm, humour, self-effacement and lack of self-control, struggling his way along the banks of the River Foyle. The pace of Lynch’s book, is much quicker than Dan’s laboured jogging, as it plunges you into his exciting, chaotic, moving and hilarious life.

From that point, the reader is taken back in time, beginning with a harsh education system, enthusiastically administered by often cruel nuns, Christian Brothers and priests who left an innocent Dan Feeney scarred emotionally and mentally for decades to come. Dan is characteristic of many of his contemporaries during the late 1950s and 1960s.

This is not just another Northern Ireland Troubles story, but an authentic account of the social and political systems of the time told with humour and pathos, by someone who was there, through the lens of Dan Feeney. You can discover more about the book Amazon UK

One of the recent reviews for the book

MM 5.0 out of 5 stars This book comes straight from the heart  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2021

Against the backdrop of the Troubles and through the eyes of the flawed but lovable Dan Feeney, author Eamonn Lynch paints a perfect picture of what life was like for a young, working-class Derryman trying to navigate his way through those fraught, uncertain and brutal times.

Written in a punchy and fluent style and with great insight and compassion, this book is laugh-out-loud funny in some parts and almost unbearably moving in others.

The Long Kesh chapters, in particular, are profoundly affecting, and written, as the entire book is, with utter authenticity and devastating honesty.

Get That Boy Home is Lynch’s love letter; to family, to friends, to Derry.

A wonderful piece of writing that comes straight from the heart.

Read the reviews and by the book: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US – Website: Derry Yarns – The Writer – Facebook: Eamonn Lynch

About Jane Buckley

Jane Buckley has been an avid reader all her life and if the opportunity had existed when she was younger would have loved to become a journalist. She began writing her first novel in 2017 but put the manuscript away in a drawer for a couple of years.
Jane used the lockdown period to finish the book – now ‘Stones Corner: Turmoil’ – and describes the writing experience as her ‘salvation’ during the pandemic.

Jane lives just outside Derry, Northern Ireland. She is married to John and has two daughters Cassie who lives in Oxford and Maggie who lives in Auckland NZ with grandchildren Charlie and Alba.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jun 25, 2021 Siobhan Prendergast rated it five Stars

Jane has a wonderful way of writing, she gently guides the reader into the story and without realising when the transition happened you find yourself sitting alongside her characters or walking the streets of Derry city with them. Walking to the factory with the young Catholic Caitlín and her best friend, listening to them chat, I felt I was laughing with them. I cried too when on a much anticipated shopping trip one of young innocent girls were brutally injured by a bomb blast – an everyday occurrence.

The reality of life in Northern Ireland was brought home in the words of Jane Buckley as she led us through the Troubles of Derry City and the lives shattered by the conflict and war. How could we empathise with the handsome but privileged James, nephew of the factory owner – but yet, somehow, we do! We feel Caitlin’s youngful anticipation of first love through her dangerous liaison with the Scottish protestant James. We somehow understand how the youth can be cajoled or angered into uprise and violence. Above all we feel the joy and the utter heartbreak and devastation that the conflict has on all families and all of the individuals – no-one escapes unscathed.

A superbly constructed thriller, written in a style that is accessible to those of us who may never really understand what it is like to live in a war zone; the backdrop for their lives, it’s not extraordinary to them, it is, shockingly, their everyday lives. Stones Corner really makes this clear to the reader, despite the warzone, despite the bombings, the threat, the constant fear, these real people must live their lives.

This book transports us into the very shoes of the characters and allows us for a short time to walk in their shoes and hear their thoughts and feel their emotions.

A thriller with a lot of backbone and an enormous depth. It keeps the reader holding his breath to see what is going to happen next.

I loved it and I am so looking forward to the sequel. Thanks to Jane Buckley for Stones Corner. Read it!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USFollow Jane:Goodreads – Website: Jane Buckley Writes – Facebook:Jane Buckley Writes – Twitter:@janebuckley_sc 

My thanks to Jane for introducing us to Eamonn and his book and thank you for joining us for coffee this morning.

I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

 

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – AuthorsDarlene Foster and Nancy Blodgett Klein


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this first post in the series.

Today children’s author Darlene Foster brings along her guest fellow Nancy Blodgett Klein. Nancy I am delighted to say will be joining Darlene and the other authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

Author Darlene Foster and guest Nancy Blodgett Klein

Introduction by Darlene Foster

When I moved to Spain from Canada six years ago, I didn´t meet any one from North America for the first couple of years. Then one day while walking my dog, a couple stopped to pet her and tell me how adorable she was, as often happens. To my delight, they had an American accent! Nancy and her husband, Rick, had moved to our neighbourhood from Chicago, Illinois. It was like meeting long lost cousins. We chatted for half an hour and agreed to meet for coffee. It didn´t take long and the subject of books and writing came up. Nancy was interested in my books and my writing journey. It turned out Nancy had written a book, sent it out a couple of times, got the typical rejection letters and put it away, discouraged. I invited her to our local writers´ group where she shared some of her writing. It was very good. Everyone loved her story and encouraged her to revisit the book. Like every first draft it needed some revision but it certainly had potential.

When the book was completed, with the help and encouragement of the group, she asked a few of us to beta read it. Nancy took all comments and suggestions to heart and polished up a good story to become a great story. She then asked me to do a thorough edit, which I did. After sending the book out to a few more traditional publishers, to no avail, she decided to self-publish. We went through a few more edits before she hit publish, and Torn Between Worlds was born. A wonderful book she can be proud of.

We have since worked together on publishing an anthology called Life Lessons: Guidance for all Ages, a collection of 34 true stories written by ordinary people in which a lesson was learned.

I strongly believe that people are meant to meet. I also believe that sharing your work with other writers and critique partners is essential for encouragement and a better end product.

I am happy to introduce Nancy Blodgett Klein and her books here on Smorgasbord Coffee Morning.

A bit about Nancy

Nancy Blodgett Klein worked as a journalist as well as a magazine editor in the Chicagoland area after receiving a Master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University.

She started out as a police reporter in Chicago, then worked for the American Bar Association Journal, writing hundreds of articles on political, social and legal topics. She also published articles in the National Law Journal. After returning to college, she earned a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Education. She then worked as a public school teacher for twelve years, including eight years as a bilingual teacher to mostly Mexican students. In 2016, she retired to Spain with her husband Rick.

They are the proud parents of two adult sons, a rescue dog and an Irish cat. Nancy keeps busy with travelling, yoga, singing in a choir, volunteering in a charity shop for hospice patients’ care and participating in a writers’ group and two book groups. She writes a blog covering a wide variety of interesting topics. Spain Writer

Torn Between Worlds is her first novel, and Life Lessons: Guidance for All Ages is her first non-fiction work, both published in 2021.

About Torn Between Worlds

This is the story of Isabel, a 12-year-old Mexican girl who comes to the United States illegally with her father, in search of a better life. A story common to many Mexicans. She has to leave her mother behind and this makes her sad. People demand she speak English, a language she doesn’t know well. She doesn’t feel welcome living with her uncle and his family and is very lonely. How will she cope?

Her kind sixth-grade teacher suggests Isabel keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take home the newspaper to read to improve her English and learn about world events and politics. Isabel is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001 in the US, witnesses a political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico where people are killed, and is forced to flee to Madrid, Spain to keep her and her mother safe from harm. Will all this chaos prevent Isabel from finding a way to feel connected to the world around her?

This coming-of-age story is written in journal format, spanning three years and three countries. Follow Isabel as she grows from innocent child into confident young woman through turbulent times.

Darlene’s review of Torn Between Worlds

I love reading stories written in journal format as you really get to know the main character. Young people especially are very honest about their feelings and thoughts when writing in their journal. The author has done a great job of writing from the point of view of a young illegal immigrant girl sharing her innermost thoughts as she deals with trying to fit in, a new language and frightening current events. Isabelle is living in the United States at the time of the 9/11 attacks. A scary time for all young people but even more so for immigrant children. She documents her fears, joys, ideas and hopes as she moves between Mexico, the US, and Spain. We learn about her friends, her first kiss and how she deals with her parents failing marriage. Growing up is never easy, but for Isabelle, it’s especially difficult. I highly recommend this book.

Read the reviews and buy both books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Nancy: Goodreads – Blog: Spain Writer – Twitter: @Bk1Nancy

About Darlene Foster

Growing up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When not travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dogs.

A selection of books by Darlene Foster

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A recent review for Amanda in Malta

B. A. Chiles 5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Trip with Amanda! Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2021

While I am not a 7-12 year old who would be the target audience for this enchanting story I loved learning about Malta through Amanda’s eyes. Author Darlene Foster has such a great way to tell a story and impart information about a location at the same time that I found myself thinking “Hey- I want to go to Malta!”. I think that is the sign of a great writer when the reader wants to visit the place that is written about in the book.

The Amanda series is such a wonderful series and with each adventure young readers are able to learn a little bit more about the country that Amanda is visiting. This time she is drawn to Malta by her BFF who alludes to being in some sort of trouble and in true Amanda style she is able to come to the rescue.

From jellyfish stings, to sightseeing, to eating lots of native food and even visiting a Cat Cafe (my favorite) Amanda manages to take in a lot of what Malta has to offer.

If you have a young reader in your life this is definitely a series for them. Thanks to author Darlene Foster, her publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy for my honest review. Definitely one for your child’s bookshelf.

Find out more about Darlene’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPressGoodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

My thanks to Darlene for introducing us to Nancy and her books and thank you for joining us for coffee this morning.

I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – July 18th – 24th 2021 – The Three Degrees, Podcast Round Up, Relationships, Interviews, Reviews and Funnies.


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed over the last week.

It has been summer here this week and like many of you very high temperatures. Even I have had to wait until early evening to sit out but that has been lovely.. Australia however has been enduring the lowest temperatures for a very long time with – 4 expected in the Sydney region.. That is cold for Australia.  Certainly the weather is very unpredictable at the moment.

Opportunity Knocks

A few things going on at the moment and here is an opportunity for poets and flash fiction writers from Judith Barrow and here is her facebook link to DM her if you are interested..Judith Barrow Author

“Hi Everyone, I’m putting feelers out for poetry readings ( your own work ,any subject) and a hundred word flash fiction pieces (subject “Harvest”) for an online festival to be held by Showboat in September. Showboat is an online TV company I sometimes volunteer at. It would be on Zoom and pre-recorded in a couple of weeks’ time. You’d be dealing directly with them, but I said I would ask those of you I know here. Anyone interested can DM me on FB and I will pass on your details and what you would like to do. It would be a great place to showcase your writing” Judith Barrow Author

I have been out and about this week with the lovely Marcia Meara, who has a series running ‘Ten things you may not know about me’  and if you have not seen the post you might like to pop over to discover a few more of my quirks and past shenanigans.

Head over to  join us Marcia Meara – Then things you may not know about Sally Cronin

I have also released my latest poetry collection this week. The 50+ poems have accumulated over the last year, with some that share memories of my childhood and teen years lying in a drawer for many moons. I have a number of writing projects on the go at the moment but I felt the need to finish one and get it out there.. I must admit I did take a screenshot of my orange flag #1 release in poetry and nature… I am sure fleeting but a little boost.

You can find out more about the collection here: #Poetry – Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony by Sally Cronin

This week I have uploaded the audio for some of my current and previous reviews plus my new book promotion as an example as I will be adding new books in the Cafe and Bookstore to the podcast menu soon.

Also a Short Story from Flights of Fancy – The Psychic Parrot.

You can select the track you would like to listen to by going to my profile page: Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Or on my recording platform: Anchor FM Sally Cronin

William Price King is on his summer break until September with grandchildren but he has left his selections for the Breakfast Show and sends his best wishes. This week D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with a new Realms of Relationships about Kindred Spirits who enter our lives at times when they are needed most. On Friday Daniel Kemp added his special brand of humour to the Laughter Lines.

My thanks to William, Debby and Danny for their wonderful contributions and to you for your support during the week..

Chart Hits 1974 Part One – Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Three Degrees, ABBA-

– July 2021 – The Universe Brings us Kindred Spirits

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Fionnuala – The Swan

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter Eleven – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part Two

#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry – Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind -#Cancer #Journal – Apple Blossom: my Hope…my Inspiration by Jaye Marie

Author Sue Wickstead brings Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell -#100th Birthday Celebrations.

Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity

Calcium Oxylate dihydrate Kidney Stone -2

The Kidneys – Function – Disease – Kidney Stones

– Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf – #Influencers by Sally Cronin

Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Crime Fiona Tarr, #Family Christa Polkinhorn

#Romance Linda Bradley, #PsychicThriller GG Collins, #OrganisedCrime John L. DeBoer

#Poetry Leon Stevens, #Shortstories Pamela S. Wight, #Thiller #Romance Jane Buckley, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris

Meet the Authors 2021 – #Childrens Norah Colvin, #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

#Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

#Reviews – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Horses Jan Sikes, #Romance #Paranormal Marcia Meara

July 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Summer Water and Exam Answers

July 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Variety and Icelandic Nights

July 23rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Football and Tech repairs

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Sue Wickstead brings Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell -#100th Birthday Celebrations.


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this first post in the series.

This week’s post is introduced by children’s author Sue Wickstead and features an article by her mother Elizabeth about her sister Rose who celebrates her 100th birthday tomorrow. Delighted to welcome them all here today to share Rose’s remarkable life story.

Introduction by Sue Wickstead

My mum posted her writeup about her sister on Facebook, which i know you have seen.
I have attached the original document, with photos correctly place, that my mother wrote.

My mum has written this article about her sister Rose who is celebrating her 100th birthday on 24th July. She has also written articles on her other sisters as well as my grandfather.

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My mother, Elizabeth Wickstead, has been a keen historian for many years. Together with her sister, Rose, they began to research their family. Following the death of my father they focused on my father’s name, ‘Wickstead’, which ended up as a one name study.

The research made contacts all over the world looking at all possible variations of the spelling of the name. In 2004 my mother and Rose held a family gathering in Nantwich for the Wickstead family. In Nantwich there is a pub called ‘The Wickstead Arms’ as well as a ‘Wicksteed Park. People came from around the world and the room was suddenly full of so many connections with so many variations of the spelling of the name.

My mother has so much information and really needs to now put it into some form of publication.Over lockdown, my mother has looked a both her photographs and records and has written various articles.

We have heard and appreciate all the work she has done but maybe we are not the best to sort this out for her. She is also very particular about her and Rose’s work and would be a hard task master. She knows just what she wants. But if you know anyone who can help…
(Me I write stories – she says – hers are fact) 

Happy 100th Birthday Rose. – By Elizabeth Wickstead ( nee Powell)

My sister Rose Powell will be celebrating her 100th birthday on the 24th July 2021.

Rose Powell

The last ten years for Rose have been very difficult as she had to move away from Burgess Hill to Hassocks and her health deteriorated.

But she is a very determined lady and wants to reach her 100th birthday, the same as her great grandmother Sarah did who passed away in her 100th year.

Early life

Rose Powell was born in Compton Road, Lindfield, East Sussex. In the photograph here, taken in about 1926-1927, the little girl standing by the tree is Rose, my father had seen the photograph being taken and suggested Rose walk down the road. Rose was about 5-6 years old at the time.

Compton Road, Lindfield 1926-7.

Rose attended the Old School in Lindfield, later moving on to Cuckfield Holy Trinity School.
Rose began work in 1935 at the Cuckfield Newsagents & Stationers Shop, which was in the High Street, this was her first job after leaving school at the age of 14. She worked there for a few years.

Newsagents & Stationers High Street, Cuckfield, about 1935-7

The family lived in Broad Street, Cuckfield and from there we moved to Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, where we lived for a short time and then returned to Backwoods Lane, Lindfield in 1938, just before WW11 was declared.

I recall Rose still cycling to back work in Cuckfield every day while we were living in Haywards Heath. When we moved back to Lindfield Rose then worked for Mid Sussex laundry in their office until she was called up.

Rose age 21 in 1941

War Years

During the Second World War many girls were conscripted to help with the war efforts. In 1941 aged 20, Rose was sent to work in the munitions factory at Swynnerton, Staffordshire.

Here amongst other young girls, the ‘secret army’, she was involved in the very dangerous work of building bombs. Several young girls were killed or injured during this perilous work.

Many lived their later lives with poor health due to the chemicals that they worked with.
Only in recent years, have these girls at that factory been recognized for their work, which I have only just discovered. In Swynnerton, Staffordshire, there is now a plaque with a bed of yellow roses as a memorial to these women.

Memorial Plaque, Swynnerton, laid 2018.

Memorial Swynnerton, Staffordshire, laid 2018.

The young girls were often referred to as ‘canaries’ as they often turned yellow due to the chemicals they worked with, hence the yellow rose.

The yellow rose is also a symbol that represents friendship, care, and remembrance.
A yellow Rose, for Rose is very appropriate.

‘Swynneron munitions factory and the ‘secret army’ of female workers, were part of the fighting force rarely spoken about. It is a sad omission that many of these remarkable women, some merely teenagers, who played an important role during World War II, have died without any formal recognition.’

Indeed, I have been trying to receive recognition for Rose for her munitions work for many years and was surprised to find out only recently about the plaque, which was laid in 2018. What a shame Rose did not hear about this at the time!

Later life

After the war Rose worked in a secretarial role for British Steel in various locations in London until her retirement. After her retirement she returned to live in Sussex, in Burgess Hill , to support our elderly mother.

The Historian

Rose was always very interested in local history and became an active member of the Burgess Hill history society. She was also very keen on genealogy and we undertook many years of research together, both on our own family name’s as well as my late husband’s name, Wickstead . Rose was always very meticulous in her research and remembered most facts.

Rose is currently still living in Sussex, in Hassocks. As her 100th birthday now approaches, although now very frail, she is a little lady with a very strong and determined personality that has been determined to get there.

She will be celebrating her 100th birthday on the 24th July 2021 and is looking forward to receiving her message from the Queen.

It is also hoped that she will finally receive personal recognition for her war work.
What a wonderful birthday present that would be too!

© Elizabeth Wickstead (nee Powell) 2021

My thanks to Sue Wickstead for sharing this celebration with us and to her mother Elizabeth for the lovely birthday tribute to Rose… who I am sure you join me in wishing a wonderful milestone birthday tomorrow.

 

About Sue Wickstead

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author with Award winning books.
Shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Book awards. and has written children’s picture books with a bus theme. In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.

Her bus stories are about a playbus. Have you ever been on a Playbus?
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!

For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.

As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.

‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue. The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.

Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, his number plate JJK261, gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original project and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continues.

A selection of books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – More reviews: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead – Facebook: Stories Sue – Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead

 

Thank you for joining us for coffee this morning and I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.com@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 11th -17th July 2021 – Podcast, Hits of the 70s, Stories, Reviews, Chicken Pox, Pet Health and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you may have missed during the week.

Hi everyone and hope you are staying safe despite the upsurge in cases. Care still needed around others in crowded places and cases in Ireland were nearly 1000 yesterday and considering our population is only 5 million that is way too high.. Nearly 50k in the UK and it must be very difficult with families booking their holidays after the mythical Freedom Day of July 19th. So sorry for those who are yet again being caught up in the infections.

On the home front, the weather has been spectacular, which is not a term I use in reference to our weather often!  I have taken full advantage, pottering in the garden and sitting in a sunspot in the back garden catching up with books on my overloaded TBR.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to begin sharing reviews, new books and short stories in audio and after some trial runs opted to use anchor and record live. Some short stories have been pre-recorded and edited in the past and I will be sharing those and new ones from my collections.

 Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore - Sally Cronin

To give you a taster.. here is my new platform for recording Anchor FM Sally Cronin

The podcast also goes out on spotify but I have uploaded the book reviews to Soundcloud where you can if you wish leave a comment and share a bit easier than on Anchor. It also allows me to share the audio here on WordPress. Soundcloud Sally Cronin

Over the coming weeks I shall be recording my past and my current book reviews, new books added to the shelves of the bookstore and and more of my short stories. With nearly 100 reviews over the last few years that will keep me busy. The posts are shared on Spotify and also I will share a link on the blog in the weekly round up and on my social media. I hope this will add another incentive for readers to buy the books on the shelves.

Going forward I will share the links here in posts with details about the author etc or the collection.

Eventually the plan will be to offer to read excerpts for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to help promote their new books when they are added.

Here is my recent review for C.S. Boyack for The Ballad of Mrs Molony

William Price King is on his usual extended summer break with his family and will be back in September.. in the meantime the Breakfast Show will be going out as usual as William made sure to leave his recommendations for us. My thanks to Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for supplying great funnies.

Thank you too for all your support during the week and have a great weekend..Sally.

Chart Hits 1973 – Part Two – Dawn and Tony Orlando, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack and Wings

Chapter Ten – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part One by Sally Cronin

Eric Just Making Do.

#Fantasy – Legacy of Souls (The Shattered Sea Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach

#Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind – #WWI – #Family Saga – The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Editor Alison Williams and Author Norman Matheson – A Speyside Odyssey

Chicken Pox and Shingles- The lurking opportunists by Sally Cronin

Massage for your pet that benefits you too

Monday July 12th 2021 – #AncientStones Ailish Sinclair, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Writing #Children The Story Reading Ape

Thursday July 15th 2021 – #Moving D.G. Kaye, #BookbubPromos D.Wallace Peach, #Cakes Robbie Cheadle

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle

#Thriller Daniel Kemp, #Scifi Thorne Moore, #Memoir #Africa Ann Patras

#Memoir Geoff Le Pard, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz-Vega

#Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Wine Linda Sheehan, #Paranormal Jan Sikes.

New Book on the Shelves – #Change #Language -Whaaat? by Dawn Doig

#Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

#Preorder – #Poetry – Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance by Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Shortstories – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

New Book on the Shelves – #Poetry – Into the Fire: A Poet’s Journey Through Hell’s Kitchen by Mary Clark

#Biography Mary Smith, #Historicalfiction Bette A. Stevens, #Dystopian #Thriller Terry Tyler

July 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies (1) and Witty Sayings

July 15th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pre-Pandemic Funnies(2) and More Witty Sayings

July 16th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Devices and Heaven

 

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.  thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Editor Alison Williams and Author Norman Matheson – A Speyside Odyssey


Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all? 

Details on how to participate are at the end of this first post in the series.

Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Alison Williams and guest Norman Matheson

For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Picture by Jim Irvine 10-1-20 – Press and Journal UK

Introduction by Alison Williams

I began working with Norman Matheson in 2018 when he contacted me regarding a book he was writing about the fascinating and dangerous journey of the Atlantic Salmon – ‘A Speyside Odyssey’. I was so impressed by the manuscript and the illustrations, and knew the book, and the author, were very special – not least because he is eighty-eight.

Working with Norman, I came to know what a fascinating and talented man he is. A retired consultant surgeon, with many years of working in the NHS behind him, he was awarded an MBE for his involvement in an art project at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary aimed at making the hospital a more welcoming and relaxing place for patients and visitors.

He has also been a keen supporter of the Ballater Highland Games, receiving an award from Prince Charles to mark 45 years of continuous service as a piping judge.

Both books are absolutely beautiful, and testaments to this very special gentlemen, who is an absolute pleasure to work with, and to know.

About A Speyside Odyssey

Filled with beautiful illustrations, “A Speyside Odyssey” details the fascinating life story of the Atlantic Salmon as it undertakes one of the most remarkable, and most deadly, journeys in nature.

The story begins with conception in a remote highland burn, and follows the hazardous journey the salmon take through small tributaries, to the River Spey, and from the estuary on to distant oceanic feeding grounds.

After gorging for one or more years on the prolific food sources of the North Atlantic, the odyssey draws to its conclusion as, with remarkable accuracy, the salmon complete the long journey home, to spawn in the burn of their origin.

The salmon’s life-cycle provides a unique background for a natural history of Speyside. As the year unfolds, the changing topography of the landscape and river, the details of bird and animal life, wild flowers and salmon fishing lore are brought to life in words and beautiful watercolour illustrations.

“A Speyside Odyssey” is an emotive celebration of natural history in a breathtaking and captivatingly beautiful area of north-east Scotland.

The book took Mr Matheson almost three years to write, and he also delicately painted more than 40 watercolour illustrations of sea creatures, birds, wildlife, natural flowers and, of course, the Atlantic Salmon to illustrate it.

Profits from the book’s sale will go to the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Foreward for the book by Prince CharlesNorthern-Scot.co.uk

In his forward to the book, the Prince writes: “It gives me enormous pleasure to commend the work of Norman Matheson, whose unrivalled knowledge and infectious passion for the fascinating story of Atlantic salmon is greatly enhanced by his own splendid watercolour illustrations.

“Today, more than ever, with the challenges of falling salmon stocks in many of our Scottish rivers, we require a better understanding of the lifespan and journey of this most resourceful and determined of creatures.

“It is a story that has long been an inspiration to me and I have no doubt that the charm and detail of this book will provide a memorable illustration of the salmon’s life cycle against the backdrop of the natural beauty of Speyside.

“The salmon that breed and return to our native Scottish rivers deserve our most strenuous efforts to provide them with a safer and more sustainable existence in the years to come.”

The book is available in W.H. Smiths, Waterstones and online with reviews at : Troubador – And: Amazon UK – Amazon US 

Also by Norman Matheson

About the book

This book by Norman Matheson follows on as a companion volume to his highly regarded A Speyside Odyssey (Matador 2019). It is a compilation of eleven autobiographical short stories. These stories begin with the author’s childhood wartime experiences of life on a small farm in upper Speyside. The description of the rather harsh existence, with utilities limited to a trickle of cold water, is relieved by pervading humour, brought to life by the author’s numerous cartoons, which enliven and enrich the visual attraction of the whole book

The book is available at W.H. Smith and Waterstones and online:  Troubador – And: Amazon UK  – Amazon US 

About Alison Williams

I trained as a journalist and currently work as a freelance editor and writer, with articles published both online and in a variety of print publications. I have edited books in a variety of genres including dystopian, memoir, erotica, YA, fantasy, short stories, poetry and business and have worked on over three hundred projects. I have worked on a freelance basis for US clients and am happy to edit in either UK or US English. I have previously worked on a freelance basis for several academic writing companies, writing model essays, proofreading essays and dissertations and editing and improving academic work at all levels from foundation to Ph.D. standard. I have taught creative writing with a focus on grammar, punctuation, creativity, voice and expression. Find out more about my editing services.

I have a first degree in English Language and Literature and a master’s degree in creative writing. I am fascinated by history – but not so much the kings and queens, the emperors, the military heroes or the great leaders. More the ordinary people whose lives were touched by the decisions, the beliefs and the whims of those who had power over them and who now fill our history books. It is their stories that I want to tell. As part of my Master’s degree I wrote my first historical novel ‘The Black Hours’ based on the notorious Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins. I have also written a novella ‘Blackwater’. I am currently working on my next full length novel.

Read testimonials from clients.

Connect to Alison Williams: Website/Blog: Alison Williams WordPress – Facebook: Alison Williams Writing –  Twitter: @AlisonW_Editor 

Thank you for joining us for coffee this morning and I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.

Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.

  • An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
  • A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
  • A new blogger who you would like to showcase
  • An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
  • A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
  • Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Anyone you feel deserves a boost.

The format of the post

  • An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
  • Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
  • Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).

Send your introduction and the links to sally.com@moyhill.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th July 2021 – 1970s Music, Green Kitchen, Poetry, Short Stories, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope you are all well.. as in the UK, Covid cases are on the increase here as expected, although they have been quite strict about non-essential travel. That all changes later in July and thousands of Irish families are heading off on holiday… long awaited. I think we will be sticking around in our coastal backwater and keeping out of the way.

The garden has been watered naturally for the last two weeks without my intervention and despite the sparcity of sunshine…has continued to blossom.. I have a number of lilies that I have cultivated from bulbs over the years and then divide and repot at the end of the season. This last two weeks has seen them bloom and this year I used a different potting soil and instead of orange they have emerged as dark red…

I was delighted to be invited to join Rebecca Budd on her podcast Tea and Trivia to talk about memories, writing and book marketing. It was a wonderful experience and Rebecca did a wonderful job of making it seem like a chat between two friends. Her husband Don is also a technical genius who edits and produces the broadcast.  I hope you will head over to join us.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling your Story.

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well. Instead of Sunday Lunch with a guest, this year I have cut back a little on the food side, but you will get a slice of cake!!

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

 For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Details on how to participate are at the end of the first post in the series on Tuesday.

This week I was joined by my friends and collaborators William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp and my thanks to them for their wonderful contributions.

William is off for the next few weeks on his annual summer break with family but he will be back in September. In the meantime he has left his selections and thoughts on the chart hits which will go out as normal on Tuesdays…Wishing him a wonderful summer.

Time to get on with the show….

Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation. 

Elaine, A Shining Light

Chapter Nine – The Boy, his Dog and a Fairy Princess

#Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

Book Reviews Rewind – #1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer

Choka… Spices

Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family  

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

Family Health – Nothing more common that a cold

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

#YAFantasy Deborah E. Bowman, #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Historical Joyce Hampton, #Family Saga Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

#Biographical #Fiction – Ever Rest by Roz Morris 

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#YA #Magic #Mystery – Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) by M.J. Mallon 

#Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

July 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Handwriting and more Oddities 

July 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Senior Jeopardy and even more oddities

July 9th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Brooms and Coffins

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.