Julie wins She Magazine Annual Short Story Competition
I am thrilled to announce that I have won the She Magazine Annual Short Story competition.
The magazine revealed that hundreds of entries were whittled down to five finalists, before the six esteemed judges including crime writer James Patterson, fiction editor Rebecca Saunders and literary agent Sheila Crowley came to an almost unanimous decision to choose my story 'Sands In Time' as the overall winner, which was featured in She Magazine's August Edition.
There's also been more great news for Talli’s Secret, which was picked as a Finalist in the inaugural Brit Awards for Writers.
My older sons and I went to London for both events which coincidently were on the same day! Firstly we headed up to the West End to see the Editor Claire and her staff at She magazine. Everybody was very friendly and they were really pleased to meet us. Claire and Siobhan were delighted to pass on some of the comments that the judges had made about my story, some of which are in the August Edition of She magazine – eg by James Patterson, Fiona Walker and Santa Montefiore - with a smaller selection on the website.
The decision was almost unanimous and Julie Noble's story, ‘Sands in Time' was voted the winning entry. Rebecca Saunders described it as "so gentle and poignant and yet devastatingly heartbreaking," Santa Montefiore added that she "loved the imagery that gave me an uneasy sense of what was to come. Noble created a sense of place beautifully. I loved volcanic edges pushing up in crumpled ramparts." And Fiona Walker described it as "beautiful, lyrical and heartfelt.”
After having a brief tour of the magazine offices, we were sent away with our preview copy of the Magazine, which I clutched as carefully and proudly as if it were my new born child. What a delight to see my story printed on those glossy pages!
Good News for Talli's Secret, which is going to be raising the flag for Dyspraxia in a wider field than ever before!
As you are probably aware, Talli's Secret was intended as an introduction to Dyspraxia (Coordination Disorder) and the Brontë family. Since its launch this self-published novel proved to be a successful cross-over novel. It was originally written to help people recognise and understand the condition of Dyspraxia, which my eldest son has. In various interviews for TV and Radio, Jonny explained about how he had difficulties in lessons, with concentration etc, and how until the diagnosis he had spent every day in trouble with the teacher and miserable. Talli's Secret also deals with the aftermath of losing a child, and weaves in the lives of the Brontës, using text from Jane Eyre and including Maria’s tragic death. Anne Fine called it a ‘riveting read’ and it gained remarkable world-wide reviews including Dyspraxia Foundation, the Brontë Society Gazette and Amazon, was long-listed for Whitbread and is on the Book trust Quentin Blake Special Educational Needs Recommended Reading list.
This summer, Talli's Secret was picked above 1000's of other entries to go into the top 7 of the Brit Writer's Awards, so I attended a 'glittering' Gala Evening at the O2 Arena in London. Brit Writers are in their inaugural year, so this could be the start of something as big as the Music Awards. We met with several publishers and film makers, one of whom was very enthusiastic and eager to take a copy of Talli’s Secret to see what he could arrange in the film Industry. He has already sent me several emails about it so fingers crossed. We also had a good chat with Lembit Opik, among others and both Feargal Sharkey and Sir Terry Pratchett gave excellent speeches, very inspiring to hear.
I am also pleased to say that my son Jonny, the one who has dyspraxia and dyslexia, is now 18 and has just become a retained fire man in our area with a view to becoming full time in the future.