What's happening in The Nut Shop World...?

2nd September 2017

Join me at Cloud Nine Wellbeing Centre, Cullercoats on Sat 16th September 11am - 1pm
*Author Talk
*Book sales and signing
*Free raffle for Nut Shop goody bags
*Drinks, snacks and lunches available from The Cloud Nine Cafe



20th March 2016

Many thanks to the members of the Westerhope History Society  for a great turn out at my author talk at Holy Nativity Church, Chapel House.
What a friendly bunch! I had a lovely evening.
Special thanks to Doreen Willis for organising the event. 










13th March 2017 
AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING 
I have been invited to join the members of Westerhope History Society at Holy Nativity Church, Chapel House to talk about my books.
Come and join us on Monday 20th March 2017 at 7.30pm. 

26th December 2016 
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you love, health and happiness for 2017.
Love my writing themed gifts! 



26th November 2016
Feeling all Christmassy after a day at Earsdon Plant Centre Christmas Fair. Sold and signed books, met some of my readers and got really useful feedback and comments. Also managed to buy some new hand-made decs for my tree. Merry Christmas!



19th November 2017 
Fancy doing some Christmas shopping? Come along to Earsdon Plant Centre, Earsdon Village, Whitley Bay on Saturday 26th / Sunday 27th November, 10am - 4pm for festive fun!
Crafts, gifts, refreshments, live music, Father Christmas, Christmas trees and of course, me and my books! 

16th November 2016 
Thank you to everyone who came along to Cullercoats Library last night to learn more about The Nut Shop and Gathering Nuts. Thanks also to Lorna and Lynne for organising the event, and providing wine - greatly appreciated! The evening ended with a request for me to climb into the window to be photographed with the fantastic recreation of The Nut Shop book cover, which I was more than happy to do!



12th November 2016
 The Story behind The Nut Shop and Gathering Nuts
Join me for a glass of wine at
Cullercoats Library, St George's Road, Cullercoats
on Tues 15th November, 7.15pm
Tickets £3 available from any North Tyneside Library 
Author talk - Book signing - Q & A - Book Sales
Free prize draw for Nut Shop Merchandise 



10th November 2016
Thank you Lynne and Lorna for the fabulous window display in Cullercoats Library, I love it! Come and join me there for my Meet the Author event on Tues 15th November, 7.15pm. Tickets  £3, available at all North Tyneside libraries.



8th November 2016
Promo bags all ready for the free prize draw at Cullercoats Library. Bags contain a 'Nut Shop Years' mug, coaster and tote bag, as well as tea and biscuits to relax with as you read your copy of Gathering Nuts!


15th October 2016 
A Date for your Diary!
Author Presentation and Book Signing
at Cullercoats Library, St George's Road, Cullercoats
on  Tuesday 15th November 2016, 7.17pm
Tickets £3 from any North Tyneside Library (includes glass of wine)
Free prize draw for Nut Shop merchandise 


 13th August 2016
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to St Mary's Church Fair and bought books and gave me feedback about my books. Thanks also to Father Phil for inviting me, and to Pam Bell, super saleswoman!




12th August 2016 
In case you missed it!
Broadcast this morning - Five in the Eye on Colourful Radio.  I joined Michael Ohajuru and Phil Woodford to discuss five news stories - including two from the North East.


9th August 2016 
I will be selling and signing copies of The Nut Shop and Gathering Nuts at St Mary's Church Summer Fair, Holywell on Saturday 13th August from 11am - 2pm.  
Refreshments, cakes, white elephant, crafts and lots more. 

7th August 2016 
I have been invited to join Michael Ohajuru and Phil Woodford on their radio programme, Five in the Eye, where we will discuss five news stories, including two of my choice, from the North East.
The programme will be broadcast on Friday 12th August on Colourful Radio, and repeated on Monday 15th at 9am. 



 2nd June 2016
 Enjoyed my afternoon at Newcastle City Library giving a talk about my books as part of the Library's Heritage Event. Great turn out, lovely to meet up with old friends and new faces too. Thanks to Newcastle City Library for all their support and to everyone who took the  time to come along - really appreciated.





12th May 2016
The Story behind Gathering Nuts 
Author talk and photo presentation at Newcastle City Library
Thursday June 2nd, 2.30pm - 3.45pm
Book signing and sales - Q & A - Free prize draw 

13th April 2016 
Fabulous trip to Japan to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I checked out this bookshop in Tokyo - no sign of The Nut Shop or Gathering Nuts in here, but who knows? Maybe one day... 


17th March 2016 
Just had a lovely evening at Holywell Village Community Centre, giving a talk and selling and signing books. Thank you to everyone who attended, and special thanks to Margaret Rochester for organising the event and  providing coffee and cakes. 


 13th March 2016
Thrilled to be part of Newcastle's famous Quayside Market today, spreading the word about my books. Beautiful spring day, couldn't have asked for more. Bumped into the gorgeous Ben who was a customer at The Nut Shop when he was a student. Now a forty-something with a family, but still gorgeous! Must be all those Nut Shop veggie burgers he ate in his youth!


7th March 2016 
I will be at Newcastle Quayside Market this weekend selling copies of The Nut Shop and Gathering Nuts. Come along and say hello! There are always lots of interesting stalls selling amongst other things, handbags, crafts, mirrors, paintings, toiletries, food, candles, cakes, and BOOKS!

29th February 2016 

Meet the Author Event
Holywell Community Centre, Holywell Village, Northumberland
Thursday 17th March, 6.30pm 
Author talk and presentation - Reading from Gathering Nuts
  Q & A - Free prize draw - Coffee and Cakes
Everyone welcome 

4th February 2016 
Thank you to everyone who joined me at Scrumpy Willow tonight. A lovely evening of chatting, laughing and wine drinking! 



28th January 2016
Come along to Scrumpy Willow, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Thursday 4th February from 7pm - 9pm, to hear all about The Nut Shop and Gathering Nuts. 
Author talk and presentation, Q & A, Book sales and signing.
Bar open, snacks and cakes available. Everyone welcome.

23rd January 2016
Thank you so much for all the support at Newcastle City Library today at the official launch of  Gathering Nuts.
I was blown away by the number of people who came along, thanks to everyone who attended. Thanks for all the lovely comments and hugs and for buying and reading my books. Feeling very loved!



15th January 2016 
Called at Metro Radio to dropped off some signed copies of Gathering Nuts. Tune in to Alan Robson's Night Owls this Sunday (17th) for a chance to win one of them, and to hear more about my new book, Gathering Nuts.

10th January 2016



A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! 
 Join me for the official book launch of
'Gathering Nuts.'
DATESaturday 23rd January 2016
VENUE Room 7, Heritage Floor, Newcastle City Library
TIME11am - 12noon
Author talkBook SigningQ & A sessionBooks for SaleFree draw for 'Nut Shop' Merchandise

27th December 2015

Invited to BBC Radio Newcastle to talk to Sue Sweeney on her morning show. What a lovely lady she is. You can hear the interview here. 





26th November 2015
I will be at Souter Lighthouse Christmas Fair on Saturday selling and signing copies of Gathering Nuts and The Nut Shop. Come along and do some Christmas shopping!
Also available, custom-made mugs and coasters by Arkmoon Crafts.
SOUTER LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR
Saturday 28th November
10am - 5pm

GIFTS - CRAFTS - CARDS - MUGS AND COASTERS - JEWELLERY
SEASONAL TREATS AVAILABLE IN THE LIGHHOUSE CAFE 


15th November 2015
Photo shoot for'Gathering Nuts' promo. Thank you Ant Clark, miracle worker!
www.antphotographyuk.com























3rd November 2015
Love my new Nut Shop coffee mug. Thank you Anna and Simon!  


29th October 2015
First proof of 'Gathering Nuts' paperback arrived today. Exciting stuff! 



28th October 2015 
PRE-ORDER NOW!!   Release date for the Kindle version of 'Gathering Nuts' is Saturday 7th November but you can pre-order here


22nd October 2015
Working on the last details of 'Gathering Nuts' - back cover design and dedication page. 



27th September 2015
Thrilled with the cover artwork for 'Gathering Nuts' designed by Simon Fawcett. As with the 'The Nut Shop' cover (designed by  Marie Walker) elements of the book are shown within the design, so some clues to storylines there!


25th September 2015
Love my new coaster for my desk! Thank you Simon and Anna.



12th September 2015
I sometimes find the old method of 'cut and paste' easier! 



24th August 2015
First draft of 'Gathering Nuts' written, printed and ready for edit. 


31st May 2015
Visited the fabulous North East Vegan Festival at The Stadium of Light to promote 'The Nut Shop'. Gave out fliers, talked to loads of lovely people and came home with a big bag of treats and goodies. 



31st March 2015
Perfect writing day. Hail outside, warm and cosy inside. 42500 words of 'Gathering Nuts' completed. Another 40000 to go!


30th March 2015 
Writing a piece about a walk from Tynemouth Priory to The Rendezvous Café in Whitley Bay, so went out with my daughter, Rose, to do some research. Started with hot chocolate at Tynemouth, walked to Whitley Bay, taking in the atmosphere and taking notes, and ended with  ice-cream at the Rendezvous.




 29th March 2015
Week off beginning tomorrow. Looking forward to spending it working on 'Gathering Nuts', the sequel to 'The Nut Shop'.Desk organised, alarm set! 



2nd January 2015
Signed copies of 'The Nut Shop' are now available for sale at:
Food for Thought, 28 Astley Road, Seaton Delaval.




2nd November 2014
Visited the North-East Vegan Festival at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland. It was a fantastic event, thousands of people attended and stalls offered a huge range of goodies including vegan foods, confectionary, cakes, breads, drinks, cosmetics, jewellery, non-leather footwear, speciality beers and ciders and a range of natural therapies. I had a great day chatting to people about The Nut Shop book and sampling lots of delicious food.




1st November 2014
Interview with Sue Sweeney about The Nut Shop on BBC Radio Newcastle this morning! Sue was really lovely and put me at my ease and I really enjoyed speaking to her. You can hear the interview here.







11th September 2014
What? They're having a laugh! Buy it at Amazon and save £3867.25!


24th August 2014
'The Nut Shop' visits Skye. What a beautiful place. Craggy hills, miles of blue sea and the smell of peat fires in the air. Took this photo hurrying back to the motorhome as black clouds gathered over Portree.



5th August 2014
Spreading the word about 'The Nut Shop' in Yorkshire. Have just visited the beautiful town of Hawes and stocked up with goodies from the market.




2nd August 2014
Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of 'The Nut Shop' today at St. Mary's Church open day. I met some lovely people, especially the lovely lady on the tombola stall who would not let anyone leave without a copy of my book!
If you missed it you can order a copy at Amazon
If you would like a signed copy please contact me




28th July 2014
Gorgeous morning here in Cumbria after all that rain yesterday. This is my writing desk for the day!



27th July 2014
Travelling around Cumbria spreading the word about 'The Nut Shop' and generally having a great time! A day of rain gives me a chance to cosy up in the motorhome and get working on the sequel to 'The Nut Shop'.


23rd July 2014
I will be selling and signing copies of 'The Nut Shop' at
St Mary's Church Open Day
Holywell Village, Northumberland
11am - 4pm Saturday 2nd August 2014
Come along and say hello, would love to meet you!





9th June 2014
This is a photo of Nutmeg's shop window taken around 1997. I remember having great fun putting it all together and it was very popular with the local children who used to stop to look at it on their way home from school. We used to change the postions of the 'customers' and add different things to the displays and the children would stand at the window and try to see what had changed.

19th February 2014
Here in sunny Malta spreading the word about 'The Nut Shop' and generally harassing people into buying copies and displaying leaflets.   Hmmm, wonder if Azzi Booksellers would take a few copies??



14th February 2014
Really enjoyed the opening of the new library at Holywell Village First School today, the library looks fantastic and the children were thrilled when the curtain opened and it was revealed in all its glory!
Thank you to every one who bought copies of  'The Nut Shop'. I met some lovely people and it was great to chat.



7th February 2014
Today I received my official invitation to the opening of the new library at Holywell Village First School. The library has been completely refurbished and restocked and the opening will be attended by members of the local community including local authors.



28th August 2013
An article and review about 'The Nut Shop' will be featured in the September/October issue of the Suma Natural Food catalogue. Suma is a fantastic ethical company that supply a huge range of products and were our main supplier at Nutmeg Wholefoods.



10th August 2013
I will be signing and selling copies of 'The Nut Shop' at
Tynemouth Antiques and Crafts Market
Tynemouth Station
on Saturday 15th August 2013
Come along and say hello, would love to hear your comments and questions.


23rd July 2013
Look what I found! A genuine Nut Shop business card! Wonder if anyone else still has one...?



16th July 2013
My local village first school has a new book corner in its Reception Class. All good book collections should have a copy of 'The Nut Shop'! Can you spot it!



29th June 2013
Thank you to everyone who came to the book signing at Holywell Fair today. It was lovely to meet you all - hope you enjoy the book!

Ifyou missed it, click here to order your copy.
If you would like a signed copy please contact me


22nd June 2013
Book signing event at
Holywell First School Summer Fair
Northumberland (NE25 OLN)
2pm - 4pm
Come along and say hello! Copies of 'The Nut Shop' will be on sale, or bring along your own copy to be signed.





24th May 2013
Wow! Take a look a this fab cake! Seemed a shame to cut into it but once it was cut it quickly disappeared. Have to tell you it tasted as good as it looks. Thank you Sally Jackson and Lesley-Ann Clark.




10th April 2013
Here in Reykjavic, Iceland, spreading the word about 'The Nut Shop'. Been doing lots of sightseeing too. What a beautiful country, I think a little bit of my heart will remain here when I return to England.



1st February 2013
First public signing especially for Janet Douglass who bought the first paperback copy of 'The Nut Shop.'!
If you would like a signed copy, please contact me



30th January 2013
'The Nut Shop' goes live at Amazon! Now available as a paperback book as well as a download.
If you would like a signed copy for yourself or for a gift please get in touch and it can be arranged.



25th January 2013
The first copy of 'The Nut Shop' in paperback arrived today. Really pleased with the gorgeous artwork by Marie Walker. Fingers crossed, 'The Nut Shop' will be available from Amazon in book form as well as download very soon.