Ross Mountney Blog Tour

‘Meet’ Ross Mountney on her Blog Tour this February

 

Ross Mountney has been writing about parenting and home education for many years, firstly as the author of ‘A Home Educating Nobody’ in the newsletter of Education Otherwise, then moving on to writing her own books. In her own words, she says that she writes ‘…to help and support others. To encourage and inspire others to make choices, to be who they want to be, and to live an individual and inspired life.’

A quick glance through her many reviews show that she is doing exactly that!

“I have read Ross’s books and articles for years and I have to say that I always feel more relaxed and inspired after reading them – thanks Ross for reassuring and inspiring me so many times during the past 20 years!”( on ‘A Home Education Notebook’)

“This is a beautiful account of one family’s journey through home education: why they chose to do it, how they started, the ups and downs and the wonderful experiences they had along the way. I found it truly inspiring and would recommend this to anyone starting out on a home educating adventure.” (on ‘A Funny Kind of Education’)

“I hardly ever write reviews, but was compelled to with this book. It is amazing. I am so thankful to Ross for writing such an insightful, reassuring, informative, uplifting and inspiring book.” (on ‘A Home Education Notebook’)

(Reviews on Amazon)

And now we are pleased to give you a chance to ‘meet’ Ross. Well, sort of… virtually anyway! In February Ross will be taking part in a Blog Tour. If this is not something you’ve come across before, you can think of it as a little like a book tour, only instead of physically appearing at venues, Ross will be appearing as a guest writer on other blogs.

We are very excited about the wonderful bloggers who will be hosting Ross’s posts on their blogs during that time; Becky from Family Budgeting, Hayley from Downs Side Up, Louise from LouiseWaltersWriter, David from DadvWorld, Keris from Happy Home Ed and Holly from Natural Mumma. Ross will also be featured on The Home Education Podcast around that time. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

Ross will be talking about parenting, home education and writing – check the schedule below to see where she’s going to be on each day, pop in to ‘meet’ her there and take the chance to have a look around each of the inspiring blogs she’s stopping at. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter if you’d like reminders closer to the time!

Blog Tour Dates:

Thursday 2nd Feb – www.family-budgeting.co.uk and The Home Education Podcast Episode 43

Friday 3rd Feb – www.downssideup.com

Saturday 4th Feb – www.louisewalterswriter.blogspot.co.uk

Monday 6th Feb – www.dadvworld.com

Tuesday 7th Feb – www.happyhomeed.com

Wednesday 8th Feb – www.naturalmumma.com

Thursday 9th Feb The Home Education Podcast Episode 44

Writers’ workshops, competition results and new books out

We’ve been discovering that there’s a lot of writing talent in our local area of Fenland in Cambridgeshire. On 19th June we ran our ‘Prose to Print’ workshop, which was supported by Market Place; 24 people came along to find out more about traditional publishing, self-publishing and indie presses. In the afternoon we were joined by authors Sue Welfare, Jon Lawrence and Darren O’Sullivan who shared their experiences, answered questions and gave tips. It was a fantastic, if tiring, day. Thank you so much to the wonderful participants for their enthusiasm and to the authors for their inspiring and uplifting talks.

The Writers’ Panel at Prose to Print

 

If you missed it or you live too far away to attend, fear not! We were delighted that local film maker David Johnson of DMJ-Imagery came along to record the afternoon panel session. The videos are still in post-production, but as soon as they’re ready we’ll let you know and you’ll have the opportunity to watch all three speakers give their talks and see the Q&A session that followed. They’re incredibly interesting to all, and invaluable if you’re a writer; they really are not to be missed.

At the end of the day we announced the results of our inaugural Short Story Competition. Open to writers in our local area, we asked for stories of no more than 1500 words on the theme of birds. It was judged by Sue Welfare and Jon Lawrence and the results were:

In third place, Song of the Blackbird by Rosemary Westwell. The judges said Rosemary’s story was ‘vividly written with a great sense of place and a nice rhythm and pace to it.’

In second place, Seasons Past by D S Benjamin, which the judges thought was a ‘mature, poignant and beautifully written exploration … Beautifully paced and observed.’

And in first place, The Last Moa by Gemma Wells. The judges both picked Gemma’s story as a clear winner, commenting that it was ‘beautifully composed and written…We get a fabulous sense of place and the two voices are rich and distinctive. I love the casual and appropriate use of the Latin and indigenous names – not talking down to us as readers, nor explaining, but giving us context which allows us to understand, while also giving as a vivid glimpse into the world the writer has created. Fabulous!’

Congratulations to all! You can read Gemma’s story in full here

Are you a writer? Would you like the opportunity to work on your creative writing skills with other writers? Building on the success of Prose to Print, we are currently developing a series of workshops on creative writing for novelists. If you are within striking distance of March in Cambridgeshire, and you think this sounds like it could be for you, please email us to express your interest. There’s no commitment.

We’re still busy on the publishing side too. A Home Education Notebook came out on 27th June to a great reception and 5* reviews. Huge congratulations to author Ross Mountney! We’re just putting the finishing touches to Ross’s new book, The Wrong Adventure, which sees Harry from Who’s Not In School? up to more mischief! Once again illustrated by the talented James Robinson, it will be out soon. You can buy all these books from our shop.

Coming soon in 2016!

We are very excited to be working on more books that are planned for publication next Spring.

 

James IllustratingThe Wrong Adventure

The much anticipated follow up to ‘Who’s Not In School?‘, by the same author/illustrator team of Ross Mountney and James Robinson. Harry’s digging in the garden and doesn’t want to stop. How far will he get?

Left: James demonstrating his illustration at an event

 

Tales from my Home Education Notebook

Ross Mountney’s new book for home educating adults, in which she presents a collection of articles and blog posts she has written over the years, all updated and with new material in addition. The 52 chapters provide a weekly boost for home educators to inspire and encourage.

 

The Hospital Hoppities

When you’re in hospital so often it’s easy to get fed up and bored. But things can certainly become more interesting when you discover the Hospital Hoppities!
A book especially for children and families for whom hospital is a place where they spend a lot of time…
Written by Charlotte Hartley-Jones, illustrated by Anita Kariba.

 

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