the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors


1Gail in glasses
I am a Dorset-based writer of fiction and poetry. My short fiction collection Paisley Shirtwas longlisted in the best short story category of the Saboteur Awards 2018 and my debut novel The String Games, about a child lost on a holiday in France, is published by Victorina Press. It was voted a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2020 and shortlisted in the Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2020. My poetry pamphlet adversaries/comrades is published by Wordsmith_HQ. I co-write short plays and comedy sketches with 3-She that have been staged in Bridport, Dorchester, Salisbury and Brighton. I have appeared at national and international literary festivals including Bridport Literary Festival, Stockholm Writers Festival and the Mani Lit Fest in Greece. Published in 2020, my first children’s picture book Pandemonium features a purple panda who causes havoc in a department store and learns something about herself from the experience.  This Much Huxley Knows a coming-of-age novel was published in 2021 and was runner-up in the Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2022. Prior to repatriation due to Covid-19, I volunteered at Bidibidi in Uganda, the second largest refugee settlement in the world. When at home I write by a window overlooking water meadows. My next novel with be published by Bloodhound Books during the summer 2023. 

You can find my writing online Words for the Wild and in print anthologies including Flash Fiction Festival One (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2017), Gli-ter-ary (Bridge House Publishing, 2017) and Dorset Voices (Roving Press, 2012).

Competition prizes for my writing include a never-to-be-forgotten writing retreat at Moniack Mhor in Inverness, a monogrammed Smythson notebook presented by ElleUK, a celebration evening at a nightclub and cash.

Thank you for visiting. I can’t claim that the writer is a lonely hunter if you keep coming back.  I aim to post regular writerly thoughts and points for discussion.  Please leave a question or comment to keep the dialogue going.

If you would like to contact me, do get in touch using this email

7 responses to “About

  1. Hi Gail,
    Hope you don’t mind but I’ve tagged you in the Lucky 7 Meme
    There’s no pressure to take part, it’s just a fun way of sharing some writing and looking at editing a bit differently. Really enjoying your blog,
    All the best,

    • gailaldwin says:

      Hi Jo

      Thanks for thinking of me – I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. If you liked doing the Lucky 7 exercise, you might want to think about posting some work on the page 99 website. It’s the same idea, but takes an excerpt from page 99 of your manuscript. I learnt about this from a self-published author who used this as a mechanism for promoting her work. Not quite sure how she managed this but it might to be worth investigating when you launch ‘Can’t Live Without’. On my page 99, people keep commenting on my use of dialogue tags, something else to edit! Here’s the link:

      All the best


  2. Hi Gail,
    Oops – I’ve done it again 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award – no pressure to take part, and sorry if you’ve done it before/hate this type of thing. But I just thought of your website design and it seemed to fit, somehow 🙂
    Jo x

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