Timelines reading

On Sunday there was a relaunch of the Timelines anthology as part of the Manchester Children’s Books Festival.

I got the chance to read in the Great Hall of a wonderful Tudor House,  Orsdall Hall. A perfect setting for a historical story.

orsdall hall


And it was lovely to see all my MA friends and share that moment with them. Though of course, standing in front of a crowd is as always nerves racking! Lucky for us our great editors Iris Feindt and Livi Michael were there to introduce us.


Iris Feindt and Livi Michael

Here is a picture some of the Timelines authors:

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From left to right: Matt Killeen, Iris Feindt, Alison Padley-Woods, Emma George, Kim Hutson, Livi Michael,  Marie Dentan, Kathryn Williams, Anna Mainwaring, Luci Nettleton.

Thanks all for a great moment.



Interview with Iris Feindt

In the series of Timelines Anthology interviews, today I am talking

to author and editor Iris Feindt

Iris Feindt Author Picture 2012

[©2013 to I.Feindt]


Can you describe your work as editors of the Timelines Anthology

Where to begin? The Timelines team is very small – it consists of Sherry Ashworth, Livi Michael and me. Because our team is so small, we have to wear many ‘hats’. The ‘editing-hat’ is only one of them and it involves the following things:

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Interview with Livi Michael

In our series of Timelines interview, today I am talking to one of the editor,

 Livi Michael


[©2013 to L. Michael]


Can you describe your work as editor of the Timelines Anthology,

My work as editor has mainly involved reading and editing and proof-reading all the stories several times; coming up with a title for the anthology and viewing the illustrations.

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Interview with Anna Mainwaring

Today, in the Timelines* series of interview,

I have asked the five questions to Anna Clark.


[©2013 to A. Clark]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

The opportunity arose through the Creative Writing MA that I’m currently studying for.  We were asked to submit a short story and as being a published author has always been an ambition of mine, I decided to grab the opportunity.

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Interview with Paula Warrington

In our interview series of the Timelines an anthology of short stories for children,

I am talking to Paula Warrington.

Warrington - head and shoulders
[©2013 to P. Warrington]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

When I came up to Manchester for the Children’s Book Festival in June 2012, I was very interested to hear Iris Feindt and Helen Sea’s account of Animal Stew, a short story collection that they had edited.  I was thrilled, later, to hear that a new collection of historical short fiction was being planned – and I was eager to contribute a story.

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Interview with Matt Killeen

Carrying on with the series of interview of Timelines* authors.

Today I am interviewing Matt Killeen.

Matt[ ©2013 to M. Killeen]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

            I’m a student at MMU doing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing for Young People…or is it children? I can never remember. I met Iris Feindt at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival where she was promoting Animal Stew, an anthology of short stories for children written by students at MMU Writing School. I thought the idea was excellent and when she proposed a second anthology, this time for young adults / older children, I jumped at the chance to be included. Continue reading

Interview with Lucinda Nettleton

In the series of interviews with the Timeline authors, writing short stories for children,

I am talking with Lucinda Nettleton.

 luci photo
[©2013 to L. Nettleton]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

I was approached via email by Sherry Ashworth to submit an historical short story for a new anthology called Timelines. The email explained how Animal Stew, the anthology produced the year before, was a huge success and I simply couldn’t wait to get started!

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Interview with Kim Hutson

Here I start a series of interview of authors from the Timelines Anthology, a collection of historical short stories for children, I have asked them a series a five questions.


Today I am interviewing Kim Hutson.

kim[©2013 to K.Hutson]

Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

The opportunity arose through doing my masters course at MMU. Some of the tutors told us they were putting together an anthology of historical fiction stories for young adults and I thought that sounded great, so got involved as soon as possible! Initially I expressed my interest and then I went along to a workshop they held in the Special Collections department of the library where they house a fantastic collection of rare and historic children’s books. It was fascination to see the books and then we did a creative writing workshop based on some of the illustrations. It really got the ideas sparking. Continue reading