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Bethany Askew Novelist

Novels, short stories and poems


I like to write about  women's lives and relationships, and am particularly interested in women's position in society, their role as wives and mothers, and the effects of marriage and divorce on family life.

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Short stories

"The Night of the Storm" is the first short story I have written and was based, in true Mary Shelley style, on a dream I had one night. When I woke up I scribbled down the bare bones of it immediately before it disappeared from my mind...        

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Ideas for poetry pop into my mind at the most unlikely times: when I’m driving, or doing something boring like the housework, or just before I go to sleep at night, thinking over what has happened during the day.    

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Recent Blogs

Planning ahead

March 27, 2018  |  No comment

Planning ahead So, having submitted my latest novel, I know you, don’t I?, to literary agents and publishers, I am now in that peculiar stare of limbo, waiting for replies. This gives me the opportunity to consider future projects. My husband and I are volunteer room guides at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey and for some time I have wanted to write a novel about the three years Coleridge and his wife Sara lived in Somerset, how and why their stay here produced some of the greatest poetry in the English language, the happiness and difficulties they experienced here and the reason they...
Waiting for the Break
Waiting for the break  I finished writing my sixth...

Feature in February edition of Somerset Living magazine

Ring out the old, ring in the new...
Ring out the old, ring in the new...  Is it too early...