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Last Saturday Mick & myself, met our friends Linda and Roger in Exeter for lunch. We opted for a pub not far from the venue we were going to at 2pm. The lunch was good, although Mick had a problem with his order!

Everything was fine, and he enjoyed his sausage and mash. Good conversation about all manner of things, a drink, and then we made our way to St Stephen's Church with great anticipation for the first Exeter Novel Prize Awards Ceremony.

St Stephen's Church has been renovated beautifully. It is now light and airy, and the acoustics are marvellous. We met friends we hadn't seen for a while, other than on Facebook,and made new friends, who we are now friends with us on Facebook.

Shortlisted entrants with local M.P Ben Bradshaw

The whole event was a triumph and very well organised by Margaret James, Cathie Hartigan and Sophie Duffy. There was a lovely buzz of anticipation in the room, and the refreshments, especially the cupcakes,were welcome.

And very delicious!

When it came to the ceremony, I could almost sense everyone holding their breath, waiting for the winner to be announced. MP Ben Bradshaw started the proceedings with a very appropriate speech about culture in the City.

Congratulations to Sonia Weiss, Heather Read, Barbara Lorna Hudson, Joan Brennan, Su Bristow & Anne Summerfield for making the shortlist. But as Broo Doherty (Literary Agent) announced the winner everyone relaxed and applauded. It was a wonderful moment in that lovely old building.

Cat and Lynx Raven with Sophie Duffy

So, hearty congratulations to Su Bristow for her winning the first ever trophy for the Exeter Novel Prize, with her intriguing novel 'Sealskin'. Wishing all the writers on the shortlist every good wish.

Yes, it was a lovely afternoon. And for the twins Cat Lynx Raven, I wonder if there were a ghost or two there watching the proceedings!


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Rosemary Ann Smith
Who Am I?

I was born in London in 1946. Walked to school through Highgate Cemetery each day, as Brookfield School for Girls overlooked the cemetery. It's a place I've never forgotten. Did that experience lead me to love sitting in Churchyards writing poetry?! I think maybe it did. My mother remarried, and in 1959 we moved to Exmouth in Devon. To me Exmouth is home. I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

I have written seven novellas set in Victorian times, each sprinkled with romance and mystery. This new found talent has helped me very much along the way. All seven titles are available to borrow in the library in large print.
The Amethyst Brooch
The Bluebell Wood
The Brooding Lake
A Stranger's Kiss
White Lace
Love in the Mist
The Butterfly Dance

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