Featured Writers

BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent’s Leo Ulph has featured stories by several IsleWrite authors – Jill Anabona Smith, Laure Meloy, Denise Gow, Tessa Woodward, Patricia Mahoney  – on his Upload series

Jill Anabona Smith was born on the Isle of Thanet, worked in and around Kent and London, then came home.  Turner’s ‘loveliest skies in Europe’ are a backdrop to much of her writing, from searing coral sunrises to rose-pink sunsets. She is a prize-winning author of long and short fiction, with successes at BBC Radio Nottingham, story-tellers.co.uk, the Winchester Annual Writers’ Conference, Kent Life and Writing magazines.  Now her novel, Four Kinds of Shipwreck has been published as a Pen to Print Book Challenge finalist. 

Titles include:

Four Kinds of Shipwreck With a successful career in the City and a great love life, Ava had everything. Then she got married. What happened? Her husband knows… and he won’t say.

Patricia Mahoney was born in Ottawa, Canada and moved to London, England to pursue a career in the performing arts. She has worked in both countries as a senior arts manager, artistic director, actor, director and playwright. Five of her plays have been professionally produced in her native Canada.

Patricia is also an award-winning writer of short stories, poetry and flash fiction – many of which have been published in the UK and Canada. 

Titles include:

Full of Grace is the title story from Patricia’s collection of short stories set in the 1950s and 60s about a young Canadian girl, Mary Margaret and her journey from inquisitive child to young woman – with a stopover in gawky adolescence.  The book comes with an accompanying CD of Patricia reading these reflective stories.  You can listen to a couple at www.patriciamahoney.com.

Laure Meloy is an award-winning opera singer, having sung with companies around the world, including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hungarian State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. 

As a writer, she collaborated on the script of an opera/cabaret called One Art (which she also performed), and publishes a blog about life in the arts. She recently compiled a book on her family history.

Now she has released a career memoir From Aida to Zaide: scribblings of a mad soprano.

Funny things do happen on the way to the opera house… In this book Laure Meloy shares with us the personal stories that audiences rarely get to hear. From A to Z, we find out what happens on the other side of the stage door.

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‘What a great story! Your writing made it come to life.’

‘Well said… Clearly a not-so-mad soprano!’

‘An extraordinary performance, gripping for Meloy’s freshness and nuance.’ – The Stage

‘Stunningly confident, pure and accurate.’ – London Evening Standard

Graham Ward

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courtesy of Jane Wildgoose Gallery

Graham Ward worked as a freelance illustrator before reverting to his first discipline of painting. He was represented by the Portal Gallery, a long-established British institution specialising in figurative art. His work is held in a number of private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

His invented landscapes, often populated by child-kings and Holy fools reflect his abiding fascination with the act of pilgrimage, and in particular, with specific routes to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain; journeys throughout Spain and Portugal to the shrine of St. James  which he has been making on foot since 2004.

A long-standing book project on the subject of pilgrimage, Camino Details is due for completion this year. 

Titles include:

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Graham Ward - FISTERRA

Denise loves writing for pleasure, sometimes for pay and occasionally for awards. She’s tempted by shorts, novels, plays, TV and screenplays. 

She served her apprenticeship at The Creative Business going on to write episodes of Emmerdale.  Her screenplays have been commissioned and optioned.  Denise has also directed many commercials for household products from Fairy Liquid to Baby Bio and multi award-winning Equilon a product for Irritable Bowel Syndrome while managing to avoid the condition herself. 

The Hue of Yellow won the Folkestone Literary Festival short story competition.  It was adapted from a passage in her novel The Lost Madonna.   

The Lost Madonna can be found on Kindle or at www.denisegow.co.uk along with details of other novels and her recent play The Music of Mathematics about the life and work of Ada Lovelace and her friendship with Charles Dickens.

Titles include:

Denise’s new novel is Wild Watercress, a passionate, hypnotic novel about a teenager’s missing mother and lesbian love set in Portobello, in a very black and white London, during the early sixties.

Lisa meets a confident older woman who she falls for. But is she just a mother substitute?

Lisa picks up the rhythm of the ska beat and finally becomes a colourful hippie running a music cafe – Wild Watercress – in The Height, San Francisco during the Summer of Lovin’ 1966.

Confident in her new life, she writes to her love left in London and asks her to join her.