A warm welcome back to Helen Bing, a regular entrant in last year's travel writing competitions. Read Helen's introduction to her Authors Showcase contribution below, before reading her fascinating story here.
My name is Helen Bing. In the early hours of this morning, I was listening to the radio. A reader was sharing his story about a visit to Maromaku, a small settlement down in the valley from Towai, Northland, NZ, where I did my Country Section back in 1970. In those days I was at North Shore Teachers’ College, in Auckland, New Zealand, part way through my second years training. It was assumed that we would all end up working in a country school, as this was the only way to advance through to the higher pay scales. When I look back at my 18-year-old self, I can’t believe how young and naive I was.
I have a real treat in store for you today. The next contribution in our 2019 Authors Showcase is from Syd Blackwell, who has previously entered both prose and poetry in our travel writing competitions.
Syd's submission today contains six poetic images from his travels to Portugal in the hot summer of 1991. I became thoroughly absorbed reading his recollections and they reminded me of my own travels to this beautiful country. Enjoy Syd's images of this memorable life experience here.
I am pleased to have reached a time in my life when the answer to the question of what I do, is that I am a writer and an artist. It wasn´t always so as I worked through various roles in education and business during my sixty-one years in western Canada. But, in Uruguay, I am jubliado - retired. I do not have to make a living doing anything. I have actually earned some monies from my writing and my artwork, but that is not very important or necessary. I create for the pleasure it gives me and for the pleasure that others find from my creative efforts.
I have lived in Atlántida, on the coast of Uruguay, for a dozen years. My wife and I share our home, Casa Inspiración, with our five dogs, our family.
It is an honour to feature this latest submission in the 2019 Authors Showcase.
This story is entitled A Practical Joke and is from Ronald Mackay, a regular contributor to our competitions in previous years. I really enjoyed Ronald's latest contribution and I am sure you will too. Read it here.
Ronald Mackay held many and various temporary jobs before adopting a career.
He started by shopping for his neighbours in Dundee, Scotland when he was still a child when that meant standing endlessly in endless queues after World War II. He graduated to seasonal farm labour and then to swinging an axe to limb felled trees. He delivered medicines for a pharmacist and meat for a butcher, worked in a market garden, delivered newspapers and managed raspberry fields. He loaded and unloaded lorries, worked on fishing boats, constructed banana plantations and packed bananas for export from Tenerife to northern Europe. Ronald writes plays and short stories and is the author of: “A Scotsman Abroad: A Book of Memoirs 1967-1969”; “Fortunate Isle, a Memoir of Tenerife”; and “A Tenerife con Cariño”.
This new story is about a joyous period in his early life when he worked as a porter in the Sterile Unit at Guy’s Hospital in London just south of the River Thames.
Ronald and his wee brother, Euan
It gives me great pleasure to feature the latest contribution in our 2019 Authors Showcase.
Todays memorable life experience is from Robyn Boswell, a regular supporter of our competitions over the past couple of years.
I am sure you will enjoy Robyn's story as much as I have. You can catch up with it here.
For the last 21 years of my career, I was an adviser in schools, supporting teachers with their professional development. Many of the schools in Northland are tiny - 2 or 4 teachers - and are along hilly, winding roads; often metal (dirt) roads where you have to look out for everything from wandering cattle to fully loaded logging trucks thundering towards you. I drove most of these roads over the years, enjoying some of the country’s most beautiful views and working with interesting people. Every day on Northland’s roads was an adventure!
The third contribution to our 2019 Authors Showcase is from Kelly Reising, a long-time supporter of this blog and its competitions.
You can read her story My First Hostel Experience here.
The second submission to our 2019 Authors Showcase is from James Robertson, a regular contributor to our travel writing competitions last year.
You can enjoy his story A Day in Eger here.
It is my pleasure to feature the first submission in our 2019 Authors Showcase.
This story is from Roger Knight, a regular contributor to our competitions last year, and is entitled Resilience tested. You can read it here.
A new era starts today on Fred’s Blog…
Our brand new 2019 Authors Showcase is open for submissions.
SUBJECT: Memorable Life Experiences.
WORD COUNT: 800 – 2000 words.
SUBMISSION TIME: April 1st until September 30th 2019.
GENRE: Non-Fiction - Memoir (including Travel).
This is an opportunity for authors, writers and poets to share their writing with a wider audience and receive feedback from readers and fellow writers.
Find out more details here.
I look forward to reading and sharing your contributions.
Summer of '77
Beaches, bars and
boogie nights in Ibiza
by Robert Fear
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