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Karyn Brinkley | May 1, 2011 at 7:32 am
Good luck with the adventure! My son (who was 8 at the time) and I moved to a village outside Manchester for three years in 2005 when I got a job at a small university there. I survived the experience with lots of email rants to friends back at home, but I wish I’d had a blog to capture the best and worst of times! Really looking forward to reading more of yours. Enjoy! (Keep calm!)
Helen Moss | August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog after following the link from the Cambridge News article. We did something very similar a few years ago – moved from Cambridge to live in Portland, Oregon for a year, with kids 6 and 9 at the time – I absolutely identify with the ‘normality’ thing – life is very different when the simple things aren’t obvious – finding a doctor/dentist/optician/hairdresser all became major events – but there was a great satisfaction in gradually getting to grips with it all. We all have such great memories of that year. I live in a village to the west of Cambridge and I’m also a writer ( a series of mystery novels for 8-12 year olds my latest project) so let me know if there’s any ‘local knowledge’ I can help with…
allisonrushby | August 18, 2011 at 5:50 am
It’s heartening to see you survived, Helen! Had a lovely look around your web-site and your middle grades look fantastic — very Famous Five-ish! Let me know if there are any good writers’ groups etc. around!
Helen Moss | August 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Thank you very much for your kind comments on the website/books – they are great fun to write – I’m working on books 7-10 at the moment! There is a group of SCBWI (childrens writers and illustrators) that meets socially in Cambridge from time to time (sporadic, as I’m meant to organise it, and organising isn’t my strong point!) – you’d be welcome to come along if you’d like me to let you know about the next one – although it is all children’s writers, of course. The other thing you might want to know about is the WordFest events that take place in Cambridge twice a year – lots of great speakers and related literary events. Here is the website for the next one, which is at the end of November. I will definitely be going along to some of the talks, so if you are planning to go, we could maybe meet up there. http://www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk/
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