Last updated on 16 September, 2020

Covid 19 - People are finding creative writing extremely helpful during this stressful time. So I am continuing to run my regular  writing groups, via video conferencing such as ZOOM, for the duration of ‘social distancing’. They are working well! See ‘workshop news’

My writing holiday at Ashburnham Place in June was cancelled as the venue could not have guests because of Covid.
I have just heard that the one from October 19-23 can run!! It will be in full
accordance with the new Government regulations to keep up to 30 people safe. Having missed out on holidays this year, I’m so looking forward to seeing Ashburnham in all its autumn glory and hearing the inspiring writing and lives of the people who will be there. As of today, 17 people are booked, so don’t delay finding out more and securing your place!

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Nothing to do with writing but...
if you live within reach of N Devon or are off on holiday there
and have or know of children or young people with special needs or disabilities
take a look at a recently-opened facility

    I’m so excited by this, a venture our son and his wife undertook having seen how much interacting with animals helped their little daughter who was born with a form of cerebral palsy called hemiplegia.
    They want others to benefit from what they’ve learnt.
    Having undertaken lots of training and stocked up 9 acres with adorable breeding alpacas, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and some smaller ‘petting’ animals, plus a classroom, toilet, play area etc
    In more normal times they offer:

     - One-to-one or group therapy sessions
    -Therapeutic farming days
    - Animal-assisted Intervention
    - Holiday Farming experience for city kids
    - Alpaca Experiences
    - Party venue for hire
    - Makaton friendly and accessible venue

 They have a selection of party packages available that include the hire  of the Barn Room, kitchen and play area as well as optional Meet and  Greet the farm animals.


Our grand-daughter with first lamb born there.


A few of the alpacas


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