Monday, December 08, 2008

" My Last Blog Before Christmas:Hope Your Christmas Is Exactly What You Want It To Be...."

Just had a varied week ( best sort) what with seeing folk, family, my classes etc......
BUT a highlight was writer Margaret Murphy's gripping talk at AGM of Friends of Chester Lit Fest ( see, also see

Liverpudlian born Margaret is a highly succesful crime writer ( ) with nine internationslly acclaimed psychological thrillers to her credit. Her most recent books are " The Dispossessed" and "Now you see me" And they do seriously THRILL!
Amongst her numerous credits, Margaret is founder member of Murder Squad ( see ) Vice Chair of Crime Writers Association and recently she was appointed a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She's a super lady and the Friends delighted in her company

On Tuesday I ran a workshop at Chester Theatre Club ( where we "made" monologues after a fun half hour "creating " characters( I thought monologues particularly suitable for actors??...and my "hunch" came off: we ended with some great readings) We also looked at CarolAnn Duffy's brilliant collection " The Worlds Wife" ( reading monologues by Mrs Aesop and Pilot's Wife)

On Wednesday a trip to Theatr Clwyd for new film version of Waugh's " Brideshead Revisited". I believe it's had mixed reception BUT my friend/I loved it. It's long, but time flew. And we were particularly impressed by wonderful Emma Thompson as Her Ladyship. A future dame?? ...

And Saturday there was a relaxing trip to friends living at the bottom of a hill on the edge of the Cheshire Plain ( MORE ex neighbours who moved away: see post on 18:11:08)......HAVE we said something??) This included mulled wine at their local PO by Cholomondeley Castle... and the hugest roast dinner imaginable. An excellent start to Christmas...

SO that's it until next year.
Hope all Bloggers have a Merry Christmas ( or wotever sort they really/secretly want...!)


Blogger carole said...

I've not been here for a while but thanks for the Christmas greeting. I wish the same to you and yours.

4:24 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, yes, a very varied week indeed - wonderful! And thanks for the intro to Margaret Murphy - I'll be looking out for her books!

8:01 am  
Blogger Elizabeth Musgrave said...

sounds a great week! I must get to Theatr Clwyd. It is shameful that we have been here three years and I have still only thought about it. Love Emma Thompson - a great woman for our generation I think!

10:08 am  
Blogger Martin Edwards said...

Margaret is a class act as a writer and a truly delightful person. Have a good Christmas, Jan.

10:54 pm  
Blogger Xavier said...

hello! Your blog is nice ....
Would you exchange a link with my site?

Ciao ciao from Italy

2:44 pm  
Blogger Bee said...

Jan - What a feast for the mind! (with some nourishment for the belly as well)

If you have a minute today (Friday), please join me for a birthday tribute to Lucy.

A very Happy Christmas to you (last, but not least)!

9:28 am  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

You have been so busy. I think you'll need to seriously rest over Chrismas!

10:11 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Yule, Jan. See you in the new year.

12:02 pm  
Blogger Catherine said...

Have a very Happy Christmas, Jan and see you again in the New Year.

5:20 pm  
Blogger Jon M said...

Hi Jan. Merry Christmas. Hope the new year brings lots of new prizes and fun!

12:42 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

A very happy Christmas to you, Jan!

10:07 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Thankyou everyone for all these replies.
It's great to hear from you!

4:12 pm  

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