Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Best-seller helps mark writers group birthday

07:30 04 November 2012

Iris blows out the candles on the anniversary cake- complete with enguins. Photo  by Val Bettag.
.

Iris blows out the candles on the anniversary cake- complete with enguins. Photo by Val Bettag. .

Archant

Sidmouth Writers Group celebrated its third birthday last Friday – and the guest of honour was one of its members turned best-seller.

Iris Jones Simantel blew out the candles on a cake to cap off “fabulous” celebrations to mark the anniversary.

Iris’ first book, Far From the East End, was published by Penguin in July and has been in the Sunday Times bestsellers lists ever since.

The book covers Iris’s life up to the age of 16, with her experiences of her early life in war torn London and Essex, evacuation to Wales and post war teens, growing up on a new estate near Watford.

Over the last three years, Iris has enthralled fellow writers group members with tales of her childhood, offering a tantalising glimpse of her book in progress. Beating thousands of other entries in Saga magazine’s life story competition, she got her first publishing deal at the age of 74.

Writers group member Alison Kerruish said: “The group was delighted to have an opportunity to talk with Iris at length and she gave a fascinating account of what motivated her writing, talking from the heart about her life and also her experience of writing the book.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

car driving fast into forest.

Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the music festival, taking place this weekend.

Read more
09:41
Stagecoach buses

Council steps in to secure two popular East Devon services

Read more
Alan Rowe and Ernest on the Gibraltar Rock Run.

Alan Rowe MBE and his wife, Pauline, made the week-long trip last month.

Read more
10:49
The pompom field in the gardens outside Dray Court on Exmouth's Rolle Road is part of Exmouth's Art Trail, Photo: Paul Strange.

There’s an extraordinary sight on Exmouth’s Rolle Road for the next few days.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:31
Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club. Ref shs 20-16SH 4304. Picture: Simon Horn.

Youngsters from Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club recently took to the water to mark the start of their 2016 season.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:51
Cllr Jill McNally spent time helping the Cubs plant flowers in Dowell Street.

Honiton town councillor Jill McNally joined the cubs to plant some flowers in the street.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:05
Beaver taking first steps in new home credit: Nick Upton/naturepl.com

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) has taken an ‘exciting’ new step in its project by introducing two more adult beavers on the River Otter.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59
Rupert’s Pre-school children with Kay Jeffery and visiting Lions.Picture: IAN BARRADALE

Donation of £200 helps group to buy a pedal roller and set of play balance scales.

Read more
Wed, 17:30
Year four children at Honiton Primary created a sailing boat with coins they collected for the UNICEF Day of Change this week. Ref mhh 20-16SH 4841. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pupils supported UNICEF UK’s Day for Change campaign.

Read more
Wed, 16:00
Carol Gilson wth her Points of Light certificate from Prime Minister David Cameron. Ref shs 21-16AW 7965. Picture: Alex Walton

The Orchard Way resident is the founder of the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications