Interview with Alison Padley-Woods

This series of Crimelines interview are coming to an end, and today I’m talking to

Alison Padley-Woods

Alison Padley-Woods Photo

[©2014 A. Padley-Woods]

Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

As a student at MMU I have been really lucky to get involved with the new Crimelines anthology that is being launched at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival this week. I am studying for a Creative Writing MA and specialising in children’s fiction, so this has been a great project to take part in and I am looking forward to reading my story ‘Honest Al’ at the John Rylands Library on Saturday. It was a challenge to write a story with a theme that is very different to anything I’ve written before and it is really interesting to see what a diverse range of stories are in the book. My story is very much inspired by two events in my childhood that I have rolled into one – with of course some added extras. Some of my school friends at the time would definitely recognise some threads of the story. Continue reading

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.



Editing or the emotional roller-coaster

Why use a metaphor?

Editing is not a roller coaster. It is a cold straight forward process, whereby someone reads your text and makes comments, suggests cuts and changes.

From an outsiders point of view it does not seem so terrible.

Not so terrible. This is what I thought.

I had heard my tutor, Catherine Fox, say that one of her book had been edited by 25%. A that time, I was shocked, because having a quarter of the pages you have written thrown down the gutter sounded terribly brutal. But I sort of discarded that because I knew in the end she had a great book out.

My first bite at editing came with the Timelines anthology.

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Timelines Launch

The Timelines Anthology launch took place on October 19th at the John Rylands library.

Timelines with bookmarks

The place is simply magical. It was a first for many of us to be reading our story out loud in front of an audience. And I believe the atmospheric rooms were perfect to set the scene of historical stories.

I will not go into details of the day, as there is a really god one on the Manchester Children’s book Festival blog.

Instead I will talk about my personal experience reading my own story.

I was really nervous before, so I seeked advice from an actress friend. And the key, she said, was just enjoy reading my story. She said: ” If you are enjoying yourself, and having a good time, everybody will.”

And I believe this is a really good advice.

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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 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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