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

Where the heart is...

August 3, 2016  |  No comment

Where the heart is….. Sometimes I see myself back in my old house. It’s been over two years since we lived there but it took up such a huge chunk of my life. Thirty years.It’s a long time to stay in one house. As I stand chopping vegetables in the kitchen here I  imagine myself standing in the huge kitchen at Tolland (my kitchen here is minuscule), remember the children eating breakfast at the pine kitchen table (no room for a table in this kitchen!) In many ways I wouldn't want to go back: the house was too big once the children had left home, glacial in the winter, every room needed...
Coleridge in Love
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Moved by Moving
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The house where I was born
The house where I was born I remember, I remember, The...