Enter.Stage.Write #wwwBlogs #WritingCompetition #writingwestmids

I’m delighted to share news about the Enter.Stage.Write 2017 regional writing competition.


Aspiring screen, theatre and movie writers are given the chance to take centre stage with a regional writing competition!


Budding screen and stage writers are being encouraged to enter a writing competition which launches in the Midlands this month aiming to give them the opportunity to see their work performed published and perhaps even commissioned.

The Transition Stage Company launched on July 1 with the competition called Enter.Stage.Write, designed to give aspiring screen and stage writers across England and the West Midlands the chance to see their work brought to life.

Enter.Stage.Write is open to anyone to write a 7 to 10-minute play and submit it. The shortlisted mini-plays will then be performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre by West Midlands Actors on 19th September 2017 in a glittering night which will see entrants, actors and dignitaries alike arrive to a red-carpet reception.

Founder, Natalie Edwards, an actress who hails from Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham but whose career has taken her as far as New York City, said she felt compelled to launch the competition as so few screen writers are ever given real opportunity.


“The sad reality is that there are many highly skilled creatives not only in the West Midlands but other regions, hungry for a chance to prove themselves” she said.

“Unfortunately, their talents are overlooked or they are forced to travel to search elsewhere for exposure. Enter.Stage.Write provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge and reward creative writing talent right here. “

The red-carpet event will show-case the shortlisted ten plays, with cash prizes, trophies and the opportunity for applicants to have their work published. Natalie wants all of the winners to get the recognition they deserve.

A guest panel of judges made up of industry experts and business and community leaders will select the finalists. The winning scriptwriter will receive £1,000 cash prize.

Natalie added that the Transition Stage Company would be encouraging all aspiring writers to enter the competition. She said there was no age limit and 10% of profits from the event would be donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

People wanting to enter the competition should follow the link below and follow the guidelines on the Transition Stage Company website. Information is provided on how to submit an entry and there is additional info on workshops to assist writers with their writing.


The closing date for writing submissions is 31st August 2017

About Transition Stage Company

Transition Stage Company was founded in Manhattan, New York, by Natalie Edwards, an actor and entrepreneur. She developed the company under the mentorship of the late Ron Tipp, producer of 1996 blockbuster, Space Jam.

The ethos was to give visual artists in New York City a Platform through theatre, Cinema and events in which they could gain exposure and representation.

Natalie has worked in independent film and theatre for eight years, returning to Birmingham in 2014 to study for an MA at the Birmingham School of Acting. She has recently been filming for various BBC TV Shows.

Natalie’s dream is to nurture Midland talent, creating an eco-system of work, paving the way for local writers and performers

For details on Transition Stage Company please contact Natalieyesufuedwards@yahoo.com  +447446739099

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Liebster Award #Blogging Fun #MondayBlogs

liebster-awardI’ve been nominated for four awards/tags over the past year but haven’t been able to get around to posting my responses. So, when the lovely Claire from BrizzleLass Books nominated me for the Liebster Award, I knew I had to sort myself out! These posts are great fun and contain different questions, so it’s great to keep them going! If you don’t follow BrizzleLass Books already then I urge you to pop over and take a look, she’s AWESOME!

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

Here are Claire’s questions for me to answer: Continue reading “Liebster Award #Blogging Fun #MondayBlogs”

Magical Mystery Tour: Part I #Travel #America

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post announcing my imminent departure to America and the resulting radio silence this would entail (you can read that post HERE). I was excited about my trip as it’s been twenty-three years since I last visited the States. Even more exciting was the fact that this was a girls only/no kids/no cat kinda holiday.

I wanted to blog about my Magical Mystery Tour, and I wanted to share some of the incredible places I got to see on a trip that was brimming with inspiration, laughter, and positivity.

To avoid a 10,000-word blog post I’ve decided to write this up as a short series! Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and let me share a journey that lit up my soul, rekindled my smile, and filled my heart with joy.

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The Itinerary.

Before we get going I must just say a HUGE thank you to my aunt and cousin, Vicky and Bex, who were my travelling companions for this trip. In my humble opinion they should venture into organising trips on a professional level as the itinerary they prepared for me was not only delightful but also allowed for impromptu stops at Krispy Kreme for a 10pm snack-attack.

I’ve always been crazy about anything American even going so far as to write a school project about American Football when I was just nine years old. I had no idea what I was going to be doing on this trip, or where I was going, hence the Magical Mystery Tour title. It was all a surprise – and a wonderful one it was too.

Magical Mystery Tour: Part I

Any worries about jet lag were swept aside when my cousin picked us up from the airport in Orlando. She herded us down escalators, into lifts (elevators), and down corridors until we found the car park. As I stood in the doorway of the multi-storey parking lot I surveyed the abundance of Jeep Cherokee and SUVs and wondered which one was ours. She giggled when she hit the key fob and a silver-grey Mustang convertible lit up in front of us. I frightened the poor man exiting his car as I squealed rather loudly! A MUSTANG! The car was incredible and really lovely to drive. My cousin took charge over the car hire as I utterly freaked out about the busy roads and couldn’t get my head around the traffic lights – what’s with turning right on a red? Nope, I was happy to sit in the passenger seat and soak up the ride.

My aunt and uncle have a lovely villa in Kissimmee which was our first stop. Hot tub at midnight? Don’t mind if I do!

Our first full day was packed with site-seeing and oodles of shopping (note to self: take an empty suitcase next time I go!).

We started in the beautiful area of Celebration which is a captivating small town with a range of little boutiques and restaurants. The tree-lined streets are so pretty and the diverse mix of smaller homes and grand mansions is wonderful. We drove around for a while and I found myself day dreaming about which house I would end up living in. We saw an armadillo munching on the grass at the side of the road but didn’t come across any alligators as we parked up by one of the many lakes.

The area isn’t a known tourist venue, even though it was originally founded by The Walt Disney Company, and because of this it retains its charm and character. You can feel the sense of community as you potter in the shops and sit by the lake eating an ice-cream. According to the Visit Florida site, Celebration has a few events running throughout the year that are worth a visit: Oktoberfest, weekly farmers market, and various art and wine occasions.

I loved this American town and would happily stop here again. We wandered into the Bohemian Hotel, which is perched right on the lake. There’s a decent sized pool and a beautiful restaurant. The walls in the public areas are decorated with some fabulous art work and the essential oil candles fill the air with an appealing scent.

Want to visit Celebration? Check out the Bohemian Hotel HERE.

After a mammoth photo shoot in the Mustang (tree-lined streets and lake views make a great setting!) we headed for Disney Springs which is also known as Downtown Disney. This is more of a tourist attraction as it’s packed with unique boutiques and huge branded merchandise stores. It’s home to the World of Disney which is the world’s largest Disney merchandise shop – I was in my element!

Set around the Lake Buena Vista, Disney Springs is more than just a shopping centre. There’s a great variety of restaurants and attractions including a House of Blues Music Hall and La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil. The area has plenty of parking as well as buses to the Disney Resort hotels (these are available from June). (Twitter: @DisneySprings)

We finished the day off at the Premium Outlets where I snagged a pair of Ralph Lauren flip flops for $10, I was one happy shopper!

Next time, I’ll be spreading the magic with tales of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, and enjoying a meal with the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood.

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 of the Magical Mystery Tour.

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Adios, Farewell, Au Revoir… #Blogging

Thanks to Suzie Speaks and her incredibly successful Facebook Group, Big Up Your Blog (opening up to new members soon), I have discovered a plethora of bloggers who write content on a wide variety of topics. There are blogs discussing mental health, fitness, emotions, vegan diets, family life, music, writing, and much more. There are also a number of travel bloggers in the group who leave me drooling into my empty suitcase every time I read their posts.

Some of my favourite travel bloggers include A Girl and Her Passport, A Brummie Home and Abroad, Global House Sitter, Wandering Darlings, and Deb’s World. They have travelled far and wide between them and offer up a tantalising taste of some incredible destinations. Continue reading “Adios, Farewell, Au Revoir… #Blogging”

My Route to Publication by Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb #TuesdayBookBlog

I’ve met my next guest on a couple of occasions, once at the Book Connectors meet up in Birmingham, and then again in Leicester just before Christmas. She is always so supportive of others, a delight to chat with, and an inspiration to all writers’. I am, therefore, over the moon to invite the lovely Lizzie Lamb to join me today to talk about her route to publication. Over to Lizzie…

Work Desk
My Work Desk

Many thanks to Shelley for inviting me onto her fabulous blog to talk about my route to publication. For those who don’t know me, I am in indie author and have just published my latest Scottish-themed contemporary romance, GIRL IN THE CASTLE. So, how did I manage to publish four novels in under five years and work collaboratively on two others? Read on – Continue reading “My Route to Publication by Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb #TuesdayBookBlog”

#FilmReview Hampstead

Hampstead Film Review 3*


Film Blurb:

An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighbourhood.

If I’d read that blurb in a magazine, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance. However, I spotted the trailer for Hampstead on a previous visit and thought it looked like a fun kind of movie. It’s not one for the kids (they’d be bored stiff) but a decent escapism for the older adult. Continue reading “#FilmReview Hampstead”

Dear Mr Kershaw #BookReview @DerekPhilpott

Book Review

Title: Dear Mr Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes

Author: Derek Philpott

Category: Humour/Music

My Rating: 5 Star


My Review:

I spotted this book on Gary’s Fiction is Food blog where the author, Derek Philpott was a guest on the Author Spotlight feature. You can read Gary’s post HERE. Continue reading “Dear Mr Kershaw #BookReview @DerekPhilpott”