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It'll Be All Write on the Night

Published: 10 May 2017   updated: 7 Aug 2017

At a World Book Night event in Stoke Fleming, SilverWood author Jill Treseder talks about the many reasons why she writes.


The sun shone on the World Book Night event hosted by Stoke Lodge Hotel in Stoke Fleming on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April.

On Friday a glass of Prosecco helped to loosen inhibitions as a buzzy group of readers and writers described their favourite books in a game of Just a Minute meets Desert Island Discs, the invention of organiser Annette Shaw. Amid much laughter, all the rules of no hesitation, deviation or repetition were thoroughly broken - along with any ice.

On Saturday morning, bestselling author Jane Corry spoke of her process of research and writing for her thriller My Husband’s Wife. This was followed by yours truly doing a double act with Victoria Suter of NHS Southwest Leadership Academy. Victoria talked about the work of the Reading Agency, the benefits of reading and bibliotherapy, or 'books on prescription’. I spoke of why I read and why I write and how closely these are linked. For example, one reason I write is to find out what I think or feel. This particularly applies to exploring the issues of racial prejudice in The Hatmaker’s Secret; to examining the conflicts and moral dilemmas involved in assisted suicide in A Place of Safety; and to following Fran’s journey in my coming-of-age novel Becoming Fran.

After a delicious lunch, well-known local author Kate Furnival talked about her research and writing her novel The Liberation, set in post-war Italy. There followed a news and networking session where several local writers told their stories, including debut author Julie Archer of Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals fame, who played another vital role: managing the admin for the whole event.