By

Wendy Hughes

With the last of my local book signings taking place at Watertones, in Worthing on 24 February,(2-4pm), I have a little time to rest before beginning to prepare for the next exciting  event, the UK Southern Book Show on Sunday 4 March 2018.  Once I used to enjoy going to the London Bookfair, Olympia, London browsing through the current publishing trends, talking to potential publishers, and picking up the brochures from the publishers who specialised in my genre, but with continual ill-health, the temperamental weather conditions and erratic train services, this event has became a past memory for me.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that author Natasha Murray was organising an event virtually on my own doorstep.  I do hope this will be the first of a regular event, and I am sure there are many Southern authors that will agree with me.  This event will take place at the Pavilion Theatre, on the pier at Worthing on Sunday 4 March. It is a free event and runs from 9am to 6pm and I can guarantee that there will be something there for everyone who enjoys reading, writing or publishing.  The UK Southern Book Show will give you an opportunity to meet 60+authors, listen to their readings, and learn all about the craft of writing. There will be something for everyone to browse though, fiction, non-fiction teen and children’s books, and there will be a few giveaways too!   If you would like to talk about any of my books, the Worthy Words Workshops I run at Worthing library, or how I actually broke into the publishing world, then do come along.

On my stand I will have a selection of my Sussex books, published by the History Press, Haunted Worthing, Shipwrecks of Sussex, of Not a Guide to Worthing and my latest The A-Z if Curious Sussex, which is selling extremely well.  I will also have v various books on Wales, published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, and my children’s Rainbow story/ activity book, proceeds of which goes to UK Stickler Syndrome to raise awareness of this progressive genetic condition.

Some of my readers may know I turned to writing as an outlet for my frustrations when I was medically retired at the age of 38, and if you would like to know how I did it, then I am only too happy to tell you more and offer some advice.

So… if like me, you enjoy discovering a new author to read then this event is a must for you.  Set it firmly in your diary now, and don’t forget to bring a friend or two along

About Wendy Hughes

Wendy turned to writing, in 1989, when ill-health and poor vision forced her into early medical retirement. Since then she has published 26 nonfiction books, and over 2000 articles. Her work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The Lady, Funeral Service Journal, On the Road, 3rd Stone, Celtic Connections, Best of British, and Guiding magazine. She has a column in an America/Welsh newspaper for ex-pats on old traditions and customs in Wales. Her books include many on her native Wales, Anglesey Past and Present, The Story of Brecknock, Brecon, a pictorial History of the Town, Carmarthen, a History and Celebration and Tales of Old Glamorgan, and a book on Walton on Thames in the Images of England series, a company history and two books on the charity Hope Romania. She has also co-authored two story/activity books for children. Her latest books are: Haunted Worthing published in October 2010, a new colour edition of The Story of Pembrokeshire published in March 2011, and Shipwrecks of Sussex in June 2011 and Not a Guide to Worthing in 2014. She is working on a book entitled A-Z of Curious Sussex which will be published in 2016 Wendy also works with clients to bring their work up to publishable standard and is currently working on an autobiography with a lady that was married to a very famous 1940’s travel writer. Wendy has spent many years campaigning and writing on behalf of people affected by Stickler Syndrome, a progressive genetic connective tissue disorder from which she herself suffers. She founded the Stickler Syndrome Support Group and raises awareness of the condition amongst the medical profession, and produces the group’s literature, and has written the only book on the condition, Stickler The Elusive Syndrome, and has also contributed to a DVD on the condition, Stickler syndrome: Learning the Facts. She has also writing three novels, Sanctimonious Sin, a three generation saga set in Wales at the turn of the century, Power That Heal set in the Neolithic period entitled Powers that Heal, and a semi biographical book entitled New Beginnings which deals with two generations coping with blindness and a genetic condition. She has also had a handful of short stories published, and in her spare time is working on several at the moment. She also gives talks on a variety of subjects including Writing and Placing Articles, Writing Local History, Writing as Therapy, Writing your first novel, etc, and runs workshops on the craft of writing – both fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and a member of the Society of Authors.