Beryl's News

June 2019

Beryl's new membership of the SWWJ has borne delightful early fruit. Her entry, Life at Sea, won the 'Winner Takes All' competition. The prize will be presented at the annual prize giving event in March.

May 2019

125th Anniversary Lunch of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. Beryl was delighted to be accepted for membership of the SWWJ following her visit to the Society's lunch at the Stationers' Hall in London.
Lunch photographs at Beryl P Brown

 Retreat West "Fire" themed flash fiction competition - Beryl's entry shortlisted. 


March 2019

Suffolk Magazine - A Closed Box - Beryl's second-placed story at Felixstowe Book Festival 2018 is published in the April issue of Suffolk Magazine  (p.94) and beautifully presented over three pages.

February 2019

BookTalk  - Fiction in a Corner of Essex - Beryl's article on North East Essex authors published in the Suffolk Book League Journal

December 2018

Arvon Residential Course, Lumb Bank, Hebden Bridge - an inspiring week with tutors Sanjida Kay, Adam Lebor and guest speaker Felicia Yap. This Literary Thriller course included exercises, on-screen examples of the genre, author readings and, of course, constructive 1:1 sessions with the tutors.
Beryl's work in progress, Kidnap By Chance, was well received overall and the positive suggestions made by the tutors much appreciated.

Third place Brentwood Writers' Circle - Beryl's entry 'Storm Force' took 3rd place against stiff competition in the Nancy Meggs 2018 non-fiction competition.

October 2018

Society of Authors New Members' Party at the London Library - a very enjoyable evening meeting fellow new members and staff of the SoA. The London Library is a fascinating venue and one of the highlights of the evening was the tour of parts of the building.

August 2018

Brentwood Writers' Circle August 2018

Highly commended Brentwood Writers' Circle - Beryl's short story was highly commended in the Jack Kendall Fiction Writing competition

July 2018

Second place Felixstowe Book Festival - Beryl's entry, 'A Closed Box', took second place in 2018 Short Story CompetitionJudge Jayne Lindill, editor of Suffolk Magazine, kindly extended the first place prize, of publication in Suffolk, to the second and third placed. The event was also judged by  Ruth Dugdall, Rosy Thornton and Jeanette Hewitt. Many thanks to all.

October 2017

Reading at Yeovil Literary Festival - Beryl read her 2016 third-placed story, 'How to Pack a Lady's Suitcase' at the Past Winners event at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Meeting other winners and hearing their work was an added pleasure to what proved to be a delightful event. Many thanks to Liz Pike and the Festival Team for the invitation and excellent organisation.
For details of other writers and events at Yeovil, click this link to Anjana Chowdhury's blog

September 2017

Shortlisted - Beryl's short story entry for the 2017 Yeovil Prize finished in a shortlist of seven, out of 365 entries.

August 2017

Beryl awarded MA. Beryl's husband and daughter accompanied her to  the Graduation Ceremony at Manchester Metropolitan University in July where they celebrated her Creative Writing Merit pass.

Comments from the dissertation-marking tutors suggested some slight revisions to the novel, which are now complete, and work is continuing with the sequel.

Beryl to read at Yeovil Literary Festival - Beryl as been asked to read her 2016 third-placed story at The Yeovil Literary Festival's Past Winners event on Friday 27th October 2017.

May 2017

Novel submitted to Agents. The nail-biting wait has begun but Beryl has eased the sensation that she hadn't finished with her characters by embarking on a sequel, which is proving to be, yet another, different animal. 

March 2017

Novel finished and submitted to Manchester Metropolitan University as Masters' dissertation. After three years work, the novel is complete and Beryl's graduation is set for July. She has an immense feeling of achievement, but is feeling bereft of her characters.

Late September 2016

'I have just returned from a fantastic week on a Work-in-Progress Arvon course at Lumb Bank in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. My writing has benefited from constructive critiques from tutors Jenny Fagan and Niall Griffiths and their encouraging comments confirmed I am on the right track. The accommodation and food were excellent and the diverse group of students gelled incredibly well. We have left with plans to meet again and to maintain contact and mutual support.' 

September 2016

Confirmed: Beryl awarded Bronze for How to Pack a Lady's Suitcase in The Yeovil Prize 2016 Short Story Competition. She says, "I am delighted with 3rd place in this prestigious competition." This very well organised competition continues to grow. This year the short story section alone received 404 entries. 

August 2016

Beryl included in 20 short story entrants long listed for The 2016 Yeovil Prize. Final results to be announced in September.

May 2016

Beryl's latest competition successes include shortlisting for flash fiction in the Fish Prize.

The MA in Creative Writing (Novels), with Manchester Metropolitan University, is now coming to the end of the second year. Beryl has found it stimulating and it has proved instrumental in taking her writing to another level.

Recent Organiser at Woodbridge Novelists' Group.

Autumn 2015

Beryl's 2015 successes:

Shortlisted in the Felixstowe Literary Festival 2015 Short Story competition.

Shortlisted in the Annual Children's short story competition in Writing Magazine.

Beryl's children's stories have now won and been shortlisted in national competitions, adding another string to her writing bow. 

Beryl's short article, 'Distance Learning', was published in the December issue of 'The Voice' published by Wessex Writers

Past success in Writing Magazine

Win - Beryl's short children's story, 'Colouring In'  won first prize in the Writing Magazine Book Competition and is published in the July 2014 edition.

Coincidentally, a writing group anthology, in which Beryl has work, was shown as short-listed in the Anthology Awards in the same issue