When Shropshire Star journalist Toby Neal said to Jan Johnstone, “Nothing’s ever happened in Hadley,” that set her mind running. And here’s the proof he’s wrong. Out now in Kindle and paperback format, Jan (and her sister’s) local history book about Hadley!
Jan Johnstone, writing as Jan Davies, has self-published her novel, Promise of Tomorrow, and its available via Amazon in both digital and paperback format.
‘Promise of Tomorrow’ is the story of five generations of the Greenwood family who lived in and around Shropshire’s Coalbrookdale area, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, during the construction of the world’s first iron bridge. Beginning in 1759, each generation relates the story of their lives and their efforts to better themselves, whilst other family members, friends and enemies, also add their recollections to the ongoing Greenwood saga.Can this family succeed in bettering themselves against all odds, despite the hardships they encounter at every turn? This is a story of class inequality, hardship and love as the Greenwood family battles to achieve their dream of the ‘Promise of Tomorrow’.
Ebook £1.99, Paperback £7.99
Jan Johnstone had another successful year with publication of her book Shropshire at War 1939-45, published by Pen & Sword books.
Congratulations to both Janet Johnstone and Gill Guest, who’ve both been awarded Highly Commended’s in the YouByYou A Woman I Admire writing competition.
Janet’s entry can be read here: http://www.youbyyou.co.uk/woman-competition-jan.html
And Gill’s entry can be found here: http://www.youbyyou.co.uk/woman-competition-gill.html
Jane Seabourne gave us an excellent poetry workshop today, proving that even those of us who are not natural poets, can still produce something magical and … poetical.
Simon gave us a workshop on how punctuation can help us get our message across properly.
In 2009 we held out meeting in the National Trust’s Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, and in the afternoon had a guided tour of this large country house, with its fascinating history.
Somebody had the idea that for this December meeting we had to make our own Christmas-themed hats!
Frankie and Benny’s … here we come!
Now for something a little different … a drum workshop. (It’s all about rhythm – get the rhythm and your words will flow better). Beat that!
This one of the many Ironbridge Gorge Museums and well worth a visit.
No, not a pub crawl, but a guided tour around a pub with history!
In 2004, with more and more Wrekin Writers retreating, we headed south, for a change, to the Upper Swansea Valley, for a property at the end of a two-mile single-track lane …