- About the Author
- On Active Service
Talking the Talk
I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at two Literary events this year.
The first is coming up very shortly: next Friday the 1st June I shall be taking part in the Ilminster Literary Festival. My presentation is at 12.30 at the Archie Gooch Pavilion (Ilminster Football Club). Tickets £6.00 to include a glass of prosecco. https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org/tickets-for-2018/
Although I have given plenty of presentations in the past, most recently the Counting the Days presentation that my husband and I give, based on my website onactiveservice.co.uk, this is the first time I have spoken about my writing career.
This year’s Ilminster Literary Festival has some excellent speakers including Fay Weldon and Martin Bell and an interesting and varied programme that will appeal to all tastes. https://ilminsterliteraryfestival.org/
We are fortunate indeed to have such events in our area. And coming up in the summer we have Taunton Live, with a varied programme to attract many people. http://tauntonlive.co.uk/
And I’’m lucky to have been invited along to the Book Fair on Saturday 21st July at the Tangier Scout Hut, and to speak afterwards at 2pm. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/491775
My presentation for both events is entitled “Ideas, Inspiration and Imagination: the Instruments of an Author”. My talk will explore what gave me the initial urge to write, where I find inspiration and the issues that interest me. Reading extracts from my novels, I will examine how a story progresses from first ideas to the final finished book. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to talk about my writing journey.
Bethany Askew is the author of seven novels:
The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days, Poppy’s Seed, Three Extraordinary Years and The Two Saras.
She has also written a short story, The Night of the Storm, and she writes poetry.
Two more women’s fiction books have been accepted for publication in 2020 and 2021 respectively and she is currently working on a new novel.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, theatre, walking, Pilates, dancing and voluntary work.
Bethany is married and lives in Somerset.