Thrilled, delighted and over the moon that my novel ‘Seaglass’, as yet unpublished (hint, hint), has come in as Runner-up in the Wells Festival of Literature Children’s Novel Competition this year.
Please do a happy dance for me.
Wow! You really do have the moves!
So, I went to Wells – beautiful City of extraordinary eateries and superlative shopping opportunities and shook Camilla’s hand. Yes, the Camilla. As you do.
Hello there, security people. Yes I AM coming into the marquee in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens thank you very much. And so is my mum.
Anyway, a lovely day was had by all and I am so chuffed that my story is so liked.
On that note – a bugbear. Time to get something off my chest.
Writers in Wales are often told not to make their stories too Welsh. Or, to put it another way, make them less Welsh.
Just because our stories are set in Wales and have Welsh characters populating them, it doesn’t mean that they won’t have Universal appeal. *Pulls extremely cross teacher type face*
‘Seaglass’ is a ghost story set on the Pembrokeshire Coast. It uses the local landscape and history as its setting and its main protagonist is a Welsh Gypsy. I specifically chose to write about the place because it is a place that I love with all my heart and is also where I am lucky enough to live. I chose for Scarlett to be a Welsh gypsy because that’s how she was born in my head.
There are loads of brilliant writers setting their stories in Wales because it is interesting here! Even some writers who weren’t even born in Wales! Shock! Horror! *Picks self up from fainting position.*
I’m not saying that I will never set a story somewhere else – N.B. I probably won’t because there are all those procrastinational jobs to do – but I see absolutely zero reason why I shouldn’t write about the people and land where I live and still be relevant.
Eloise… can you make you make your stories a bit less Welsh?
Will you make your stories a bit less Welsh?
Perhaps if you could…
I’ll stop you there.
And so to celebrate the success of ‘Seaglass’, I’m in a cabin in North Wales, overlooking the sea from the Llyn Peninsula, close to the mountains of Snowdonia, learning to siarad Cymraeg badly, discovering my next story and editing Gaslight, which is set in Cardiff and was written with support from Literature Wales.
Of course the Welsh word for Congratulations is Llongyfarchiadau. As you well know.
Llongyfarchiadau Seaglass! Da iawn.
And just to get rid of the teacher face a spot more happy dancing if you please… I’ll just get put on some Tom of the Jones!