the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

The String Games is released today!

on May 28, 2019

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The journey to the release of my debut novel The String Games has included many pitfalls and high points. Today, I celebrate the support I have received along the way.

Thank you to my fellow students at the University of South Wales who offered support and advice through workshop sessions. Also to my supervisors who gave feedback and guidance which enabled me to submit The String Games alongside an academic thesis to receive the award of PhD.

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I’m grateful to Carol McGrath, Sue Stephenson and Denise Barnes for the wonderful feedback during memorable writing retreats in Port Isaac and other locations overseas.

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Dorset is a wonderful place to live and write. I’ve gained so much from supportive groups including Wimborne Writing led by Sarah Barr, the Vivo Gang, the RNA Dorset chapter and the Dorset Writers Network. Also thank you to the organisers of open mic nights including Apothecary.

For giving The String Games a good home, I’d like to thank all the lovely people who work for Victorina Press and also my fellow Victorina authors who celebrate diversity in publishing.

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A special mention for the authors who endorsed my novel Jacquelyn Mitchard, Nina Kilham, Elizabeth Reeder, and Sara Gethin.

Where would any author be without readers? The continued support of the Cerne Abbas Readers is much appreciated along with the amazing work of many wonderful book bloggers including Anne Williams and Jessie Cahalin.

I’ve loved being part of online communities including the Women Writers Network and thank everyone there.

I’ve grown in confidence and experience due to publication of my earlier work. Thanks to  Gill James at Chapeltown Books for publishing Paisley Shirt a collection of short fiction, and to Sophie-Louise Hyde at Wordsmith_HQ for publishing adversaries/comrades a poetry pamphlet.

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Lastly I must thank my supportive family who understand my need to write when I could be spending time with them.

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The String Games is released today and can be purchased online from Foyles, Waterstones and Victorina Press.


12 responses to “The String Games is released today!

  1. Cathie Hartigan says:

    Congratulations! All the very best for The String Games.

  2. Carol McGrath says:

    Congratulations. It’s a wonderful book and incredible journey. Enjoy every moment today. X

  3. jim bates says:

    Many, many heartfelt congratulations, Gail. What an amazing journey you have been on. I pre-ordered The String Games some time ago and can’t wait to receive it in the mail and start reading it! Here’s wishing you all the best on your future endeavors.

  4. It’s been exciting to share the journey with you and looking forward to celebrating the formal launch with you this Thursday.

  5. Congratulations Gail! Here’s wishing you every success x

  6. Kathy MacLean says:

    Congratulations Gail. I feel really proud of you and continue to admire your passion and determination. I’ve ordered my copy and look forward to reading it!

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