the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers


close-up-jpgI 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. My novel The String Games, about a child lost on a holiday in France, is published by Victorina Press and my poetry pamphlet adversaries/comrades is published by Wordsmith_HQ. I co-write short plays and comedy sketches that have been staged in Bridport, Salisbury and Brighton. My writing has featured in fringe festivals in the South-West.

You can find my writing online at Ink, Sweat & Tears and 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).

As Chair of the Dorset Writers’ Network, I work with the steering group to support the skills and confidence of writers across the county by connecting creative communities. I am also a visiting tutor to undergraduates of Creative Writing at Arts University Bournemouth.

Competition prizes for my writing include a never-to-be-forgotten writing retreat at Moniack Mhor in Inverness, a monogrammed Smythson notebook, a presentation 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 once a week with 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


5 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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