In Collaboration With...
Jan's collaboration with artist, Adrian Brooks, on a special project entitled 'Allotment' culminated in a performance of six of her short stories at The Guest House next to Dorchester Abbey.
It was a magical evening which raised £200 for the charity SANDS
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Jan took part in the ChipLitFest Literary Quiz in April. The event was hosted by best selling author Mark Billingham pictured here with Jan (Left) and author, Liz Ringrose. Jan is not disclosing where her team finished on the results board.
Another Short Story Award
Jan was Highly Commended in the Olga Sinclair Short Story Compeitition in October. Here is what judge Ralph Jackman said about "Perfect Strangers."
'A strong story with a powerful protagonist. Well written, the internal dialogue in this story is particularly good. The reader is guided through Jennifer's thoughts very clearly , garnering well earned support. "Thirty years trumps thirty days." The reader commits to the protagonist's side of the story and enjoys a moment of revenge with the clutch bag. I fear that in today's world, the act of vengeance would be somewhat less graceful.'
Jan Harvey's Short Story is a Winner
Jan Harvey has been awarded runner-up at The Chipping Norton Literature Festival with her short Story, 'Ghost.' Judge, Martyn Waites, who writes under the pseudonym Tania Carver, said the following in his appraisal:
"Ghost. Loved it. A near textbook example of using minimalist storytelling to excavate emotional depths.
It is a story of emotional involvement and character."
A Diamond of a Novel
The Seven Letters has been given a Discovering Diamonds Review for Historical Fiction. Helen Hollick, former editor of The Historical Fiction Magazine says 'the intrigue, romance and well-researched historical detail soon grip the attention with the characters becoming ones to care about, although their lives, especially those of the people in war-torn Paris, are occasionally traumatic.'
The winner of The Seven Letters 'Seven Questions' competition is Penny Clarke of Milton-under-Wychwood whose correct answers were drawn from the hat on Sunday 18th December. Here is a picture of Penny with her prize, a piece of glass art featuring a swan which was a central theme in the novel. It was made by the author, Jan Harvey and Penny also received a Certificate of Authentication.