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

Yesterday, 17:45
Lyme Regis lifeboat

Lifeboat crew, coastguards and paramedics called to cliffs beneath Black Ven

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

A pair of blood-giving sessions will be held at St Rita’s Centre in Honiton later this month.

Read more
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Philip Rush from AVS Wines and Beers presents the silver award to Patrick McCaig from Otter Brewery.

A beer which is brewed near Honiton has won silver in the ‘Strong Bitters and Pale Ales’ class of a prestigious beer contest.

Read more
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

A musical workshop is being at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery at the beginning of next month.

Read more
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AW

Members of Honiton University of The Third Age will be treated to an African-inspired talk at their May meeting.

Read more
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Jason Pike is in training for his trek across Wales on bicycle and on foot in aid of St John Ambulance. Ref mhh 4652-18-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A Honiton-born man is hoping to net thousands of pounds for charity when he and five others take on a gruelling five-day-long trek across the Welsh mountains.

Read more
Friday, May 1, 2015
Russell Roe, Gill Day, Dave Webber and Daniel Lavery of The Devon Freewheelers with the new Sausage and Cider Festival poster. Ref mhh 1904-13-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

DrinkAware has come up with five tips to make sure you have a great - and safe - experience at this year’s festival.

Read more
Friday, May 1, 2015
East Devon Slot Racing Club members have found a new home at Awliscombe.

The group was established in the late 1980s, originally in a loft above offices in New Street, Honiton.

Read more
Friday, May 1, 2015
Colyton tractor run 2014. David Pavey and his children Erin and Elana. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mha 3428-22-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

More than 100 agricutural vehicles expected to take part in this year’s rally

Read more
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AW

Peter Halse summarised the council’s year at a town meeting.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder