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message 1: by Ian (last edited Mar 14, 2022 02:21PM) (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Here is my list - know any others?
A
Kathryn Aalto
Margaret Addison
Nina Allan
Anne Allen
Loreley Amiti
Colin Andrews
Ro Angwin
Julie Archer
Nick Arnold
B
Virginia Baily
Lucy Banks
Margaret Barnes
Claire Barker
David Barker
Susan Barrett
Colin Beazley
Maura Beckett?
Richard Bellamy
Dodie Bishop
Ben Blake
Faith Bleasdale
Two Blondes
Tim Bowler
Thom Bolton
Dianne Bown Wilson
Damian Boyd
Moira Brewer
Su Bristow
Andy Brown
Melanie Brown
Daisy Burton
Tina Burton
CJ Busby
Barbara Butcher
Alex Buzzard
C
Serena Cairns
Sam Carrington
Anna Chant
Iain Chamberlain
Peter Christie
Ann Cleeves
Hannah Coates
M.J. Colewood
Caroline Cook
Sharon Cook
Jane Corry
Tom Cox
D
Miriam Darlington
Anya Davis
Tom Dawn
Simon Dawson
Richard Dee
Hannah Dennison
Lisa Dickenson
Helena (Nell) Dixon
Carole Ann Dobson
Ruth Downie
Victoria Dowd
James Downs
Teresa Driscoll
Elizabeth Ducie
Sophie Duffy
E
Dan Eatherley
James Edgecombe
Kate Allis
Michael Elsmere
Clive Essame
Michael and Lynn Essery
Victoria Eveleigh
Frances Evesham
Andy Extance

F
Marissa Farrar
Patricia Fawcett
Louise Fearn Exeter
Jane Feaver
Lyn Ferrand
Janet Few
Linda Finlay
Sally Flint
P.R. Ford
Damien Furniss
G
Rebecca Gibson
David Gilman
Rosie Godfrey
Sheilah Golding
Beth Good
Caz Greenham
Joanne Graham
Sandra Greaves
Todd Grey
Virginia Griem
Rosemary Griggs
John S Guthrie (Dartmouth)
H
John Hall
Eleanor Halton
Richard Hardie,
Matt Harvey
Lillian Harry
Tim Hannigan
Cathie Hartigan
Matt Harvey
Emily Hauser
Tony Hawks
Lucy Hay
Karen Hayes
Richard Hedgington
Geri Hellery
Veronica Henry
Georgia Hill
Wendy Hilling
John Hogarth
Jane Holland
Lucie Holland (Hounsom)
Helen Hollick
Babs Horton
Rowena Howse
Susan Hughes
Alison Huntingford
Graham Hurley
I
J
Jane Jago
Margaret James
Michael Jecks
Belinda Jones
Richard Jones
Emma Jordan
Joey Jordan
Jackie Juno
K
Jenny Kane
Simon Kettlewell
Debbie Kingsley
Kenny Knight
L
Viv Laine (Payne)
Jenna Laing
Victoria Lamb
Tanya Landman
Amy Lauren
Zion Lights
Marion Lindsey-Noble
Marilyn Livingstone
Kate Lord Brown
Steph Lott
A.J. MacKenzie
Karen Maitland
Hilary Mantel
Michael Marshall
Holly Martin
Suzanne McCarthy
Lisa McNeill
Lynne McVernon
Jodie Medland
Mel Menzies
Anne Merrick
Dan Metcalf
Linda Mitchelmore
Tarja Moles,
James D. Mortain
Elizabeth Moss
Michael Morpurgo
N
Terri Nixon
Mark Norman
Tracey Norman
Sam North
O
Casey O’Connor
Alice Oswald
P
Chrissie Parker
Lesley Pearse
Sarah Pearse
Wendy Percival
Leyland Peree
Lucy Pinney
Eleanor Piper
Margaret Pogson
Q
Laura Quigley
R

Anne Rainbow
Tess Read
P.J. Reid
Andy Robb
Lucinda Roberts
Anona Roorke
Fiona Faith Ross
Julie-Ann Rowell
S
Graham Sclater
Belinda Seaward
Mark Sennen
Ben Serpent
Tanya Shadrick
Liz Shakespeare
William Shaw
Kathy Shuker
Anthea Simmons
Richard Small
Michael James Smith
Rosie Smith
Amy Sparkes
Steve Spence
Jack Stainton
Trina Stacey
Bernie Steadman
James Stevenson
Steve Stevenson-Olds
Julian Stockwin
Michael Charles Sull
T
Benjamin Akira Tallamy
Susie Tame - Dartmoor
Chris Tetrault-Blay
Lesley Thomson
Olli Tooley
Lin Treadgold
Jill Treseder
Rosen Trevithick
Steve Tucker
Sarah Turner
U
V
Kate Vane
Pamela Vass
Carla Vermaat
Tom Vowler
W
Bill Wahl
Martin Waites
Katriona Ward
Gordon Waterhouse
JoJo Webb
Sue Weedon
R.L.Weeks
Jennifer Wells
Rachel Wells
Clare Helen Welsh
Roger Whale
Karen Wheeler
Maggie Whitehouse,
Ann Widdecombe,
Susan Wilkins
L.E. Willetts
Susie Williamson
T.A, Williams
Trevor Williams
Angela Wooldridge
Jeannie Wycherley
X
Y
Abigail Yardimci
Z

And not in Devon but closely associated with us

Victoria Cornwall
Jan Ellis


message 2: by DrMama (new)

DrMama | 341 comments I'm not sure what criteria you are using (eg: how long ago, self-published, won journal (etc.) competitions, a story in a writing group self-pub, collection - and so on - poetry only, non-fiction only ... etc). However, if all these groups are included, I would add: Barbara Butcher, Michael Elsmere, Anne Hunt, Clare Pawley, Anne Rainbow, James Stevenson, Nicki Summerson ... there may be more.


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
DrMama wrote: "I'm not sure what criteria you are using (eg: how long ago, self-published, won journal (etc.) competitions, a story in a writing group self-pub, collection - and so on - poetry only, non-fiction o..."

Very simple - living in Devon and had a book published (inc self-published) - any genre

Does that apply to your list?


message 4: by DrMama (new)

DrMama | 341 comments Thanks Ian, So ... definitely Michael, Barbara, Anne R and James, not sure about others ... individual stories, articles and poems, only, I think.


message 5: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
DrMama wrote: "Thanks Ian, So ... definitely Michael, Barbara, Anne R and James, not sure about others ... individual stories, articles and poems, only, I think."

Thanks


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Sally (salsworldofbooks) | 7 comments Lisa Dickenson I think lives somewhere in the Sidmouth area (writer of You Had Me at Merlot, Mistletoe on 34th Street and Twelve Dates of Christmas)


message 7: by Mark (new)

Mark Stevens | 1 comments Me - Mark Sennen! Five novels in the DI Savage series published so far: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/searc...


message 8: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "Me - Mark Sennen! Five novels in the DI Savage series published so far: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/searc..."

Hi Mark - great to hear from you. I hoped that this would connect us with other writers in the county. Be great to hear more about you and your work and, if it is helpful, to supports and celebrate what you do


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Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Sally wrote: "Lisa Dickenson I think lives somewhere in the Sidmouth area (writer of You Had Me at Merlot, Mistletoe on 34th Street and Twelve Dates of Christmas)"

Thanks Sally - keep them coming!


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Carol Dobson | 800 comments What a lot of authors in Devon. It must be the water!
(BTW my Anne has an 'e'.)


message 11: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "What a lot of authors in Devon. It must be the water!
(BTW my Anne has an 'e'.)"


Indeed there are. Sorry about the typo - corrected

Ian


message 12: by Carol (last edited Feb 23, 2017 02:03AM) (new)

Carol Dobson | 800 comments What about making a list of past authors from Devon. I can only think of 3- RD Blackmore, (Lorna Doone) John Gay (The Beggars Opera) and Henry Williamson (Is that the right name? Tarka the Otter).


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol Dobson | 800 comments I forgot Agatha Christie. Also, Rudyard Kipling lived near the harbor in Torquay.


message 14: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "What about making a list of past authors from Devon. I can only think of 3- RD Blackmore, (Lorna Doone) John Gay (The Beggars Opera) and Henry Williamson (Is that the right name? Tarka the Otter)."

I'm up for that - I'll get it started.

Maybe also books set in Devon even if the author's aren't


message 15: by Carol (new)

Carol Dobson | 800 comments Ian wrote: "Carol wrote: "What about making a list of past authors from Devon. I can only think of 3- RD Blackmore, (Lorna Doone) John Gay (The Beggars Opera) and Henry Williamson (Is that the right name? Tark..."

Books set in Devon could be a different list. I was wondering what famous authors have come from Devon and I can't really think of many. I don't want to include non-fiction, as that's a bit different.


message 16: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "Ian wrote: "Carol wrote: "What about making a list of past authors from Devon. I can only think of 3- RD Blackmore, (Lorna Doone) John Gay (The Beggars Opera) and Henry Williamson (Is that the righ..."

Agree re: a different list. I'll start them both off


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue | 342 comments Does Margaret Drabble still live in North Devon?


message 18: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Sue wrote: "Does Margaret Drabble still live in North Devon?"

OOhh - I don't know - didnt know she was Devon based. According to Wikipedia (highly authoritative of course) she lives in London and Somerset

Anyone know?


message 20: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Sue wrote: "Found this https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=T......"

Thanks - just over the border in Somerset then


message 21: by Michael (new)

Michael James | 3 comments I'm a Devon author not included in your list. Regards, Michael James Smith.


message 22: by Oliver (new)

Oliver Tooley | 16 comments Ian wrote: "Carol wrote: "What about making a list of past authors from Devon. I can only think of 3- RD Blackmore, (Lorna Doone) John Gay (The Beggars Opera) and Henry Williamson (Is that the right name? Tark..."
There's a website which lists books by locations.
You can search Devon and get everything from Tarka the Otter to the latest indie book with a Devon location.
I believe you can also add your own book to the database with a bit of online form filling.
I'll look for the link.


message 23: by Oliver (new)

Oliver Tooley | 16 comments I might be wrong about adding books.
I know I tried a while back but mine are still not showing
https://www.mappit.net/bookmap/region...


message 24: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "I'm a Devon author not included in your list. Regards, Michael James Smith."

Hi Michael - consider yourself added - what do you write and may I ask where you live?


message 25: by Michael (new)

Michael James | 3 comments Ian wrote: "Michael wrote: "I'm a Devon author not included in your list. Regards, Michael James Smith."

Hi Michael - consider yourself added - what do you write and may I ask where you live?"


I live in Torquay, where I was born and I write novels set locally here in the Bay and upon Dartmoor. Thanks for adding me to your interesting list, Oliver. My Novel, 'lucifer's Abbey' is here:
Smarturl.it/luc-1


message 26: by Oliver (new)

Oliver Tooley | 16 comments It's not my list, I just found it one day.
The adding books feature appears not to be as effective as one might hope.


message 27: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Ian wrote: "Michael wrote: "I'm a Devon author not included in your list. Regards, Michael James Smith."

Hi Michael - consider yourself added - what do you write and may I ask where you live?"

I ..."


Thanks Michael


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T.P. Fielden | 1 comments The Riviera Express
TP Fielden is a Devon-based writer, and The Riviera Express is the first of a series extolling the beauties of this beautiful county while collecting up a disproportionate number of murders for ace sleuth Miss Dimont to investigate. Set in Temple Regis, 'Devon's prettiest town', in the 1950s The Riviera Express has just been published by HarperCollins HQ.


message 29: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
TP wrote: "The Riviera Express
TP Fielden is a Devon-based writer, and The Riviera Express is the first of a series extolling the beauties of this beautiful county while collecting up a dispro..."


Thanks TP - great to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a short introduction to yourself on the saying hello thread and chat more about your work as it develops in the writers corner.


message 30: by Serena (new)

Serena Cairns | 10 comments I do hope the list includes writers who live in Devon but don't set their novels in the county.


message 31: by Oliver (new)

Oliver Tooley | 16 comments Serena wrote: "I do hope the list includes writers who live in Devon but don't set their novels in the county."
Yes, it does.
Quite a few are not even set on this planet.


message 32: by Serena (new)

Serena Cairns | 10 comments Lovely, Oliver. Delighted to hear it. :)


message 33: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Serena wrote: "I do hope the list includes writers who live in Devon but don't set their novels in the county."

Yes - I didn't want to limit the list - I was also thinking that I might set off another one for books set in Devon - written by local authors or otherwise but one list at a time!


message 34: by Serena (new)

Serena Cairns | 10 comments Thanks, Ian. Happy to find my name on this one. :)


message 35: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Serena wrote: "Thanks, Ian. Happy to find my name on this one. :)"

Delighted to add you and please let me know if you spot anyone who is missing


message 36: by Serena (new)

Serena Cairns | 10 comments Will do.


message 37: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Wells | 2 comments Hi Ian, I am not on there. We met couple of weeks back at the event at the Farmers Union and have emailed since - Jennifer Wells. Thanks!


message 38: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Jennifer wrote: "Hi Ian, I am not on there. We met couple of weeks back at the event at the Farmers Union and have emailed since - Jennifer Wells. Thanks!"

Oops sorry - thought I'd updated it to include everyone I met - you are now! Be great if you'd leave a short intro to yourself and your work on the saying hello thread


message 39: by Julian (new)

Julian Stockwin | 4 comments Ian wrote: "Here is my list - know any others?
A
Kathryn Aalto
Margaret Addison
Nina Allan
Anne Allen
Loreley Amiti
Colin Andrews
Ro Angwin
Julie Archer
Nick Arnold
B
Virginia Baily
Lucy Banks
Margaret Barn..."



message 40: by Julian (new)

Julian Stockwin | 4 comments I'd be delighted to join this list. Julian Stockwin


message 41: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Consider yourself added, Julian. Could you tell us more about yourself and the books you write - and could you message me with your e-mail and other contact details. Many thanks Ian


message 42: by Sue (last edited Mar 21, 2017 05:20AM) (new)

Sue | 342 comments Just found this lady who isn't on the list - and the bookshop looks amazing too! http://www.topshambookshop.co.uk. Anne Merrick i think this is the right person!


message 43: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Sue wrote: "Just found this lady who isn't on the list - and the bookshop looks amazing too! http://www.topshambookshop.co.uk. Anne Merrick i think this is the right person!"

Thanks Sue - suitably added - and made me think that we ought to start a section on Bookshops - in Devon and beyond, that people want to celebrate. I'll contact Topsham to ask if they can put me in touch with Anne as well


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Rosie Godfrey (rosiewordsmith) | 9 comments Have just started reading Early One Morning by Virginia Baily - glad to see she's on the list. Will be interviewing her for Barnstaple Library on May 10th. Having just read the first chapter, can't wait!
Will post details...

And can you add my dear friend Alex Buzzard, Colin Beazley, oh and myself please?
Thanks Ian.


message 45: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
Rosie wrote: "Have just started reading Early One Morning by Virginia Baily - glad to see she's on the list. Will be interviewing her for Barnstaple Library on May 10th. Having just read the first chapter, can't..."

Of course - and can you point Alex and Colin in my direction?


message 46: by Rosie (new)

Rosie Godfrey (rosiewordsmith) | 9 comments Thanks Ian Will do! (Oh and it's Rosie - not Rosey, please


message 47: by DrMama (new)

DrMama | 341 comments Rosie wrote: "Have just started reading Early One Morning by Virginia Baily - glad to see she's on the list. Will be interviewing her for Barnstaple Library on May 10th. Having just read the first chapter, can't..."

Hi Rosie,
If you have not already read it, I would also try to read Ginny's first novel, Africa Junction. It won her the McKitterick Prize. She's lovely.


message 48: by Rosie (new)

Rosie Godfrey (rosiewordsmith) | 9 comments Thanks DrMama. I ordered a copy yesterday!!


message 49: by Ian (new)

Ian | 3071 comments Mod
I have finished Lucy Banks book The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost after just two days - and what a great read. I loved it. Lucy demonstrates a wonderful imagination.
This is an unusual story of an agency that deals with the spirit world, a young man's discovery of his special powers and the rescue of Dr. Ribero's faltering agency.
Government's know all about the spirits and commission investigative agencies through secret web forums to deal with sundry Poltergeists and displaced spirits of all kinds.
The first in what could easily be an extended series of books, this is real page turner. I was hooked from the beginning and was keen to find out how the story would unfold. There are some beautifully descriptive passages, the story is crisply told and it rattles along at a fast pace.
You can find out more about Lucy here http://www.lucy-banks.co.uk/about-me
Probably not a book I would have picked up off the shelf but well worth a read. This is the joy of this Book Club and of this A-Z challenge in particular.
If you've not started the challenge yet, there is loads of time and you can find the full list of Devon writers here - so many talented writers to choose from.
Please keep sharing your favourites with us


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Lucy Banks | 7 comments Ian wrote: "I have finished Lucy Banks book The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost after just two days - and what a great read. I loved it. Lucy demonstrates a wonderful imagination.
This is an un..."
Many thanks Ian - so appreciated! If there's any chance you could add your review to my book page, that would be amazing (no worries if you'd rather not).

On a completely different note - did you want poets on your list? My mother-in-law, Chris Banks, is a published poet, she's had two books out in the past, plus been in many magazines etc. She writes gorgeously wonderful poems!


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