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Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2014.
Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014.
Longlisted for United Kingdom Literary Association Award 2014

Celia Bryce

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Tuesday 2nd February 2021

And what's to come?

And then I've been writing other stuff. I’m on to my fourth serial for Women’s Weekly. Very much in the preliminary stages with this newest story which means writing the first part, waiting for the editorial input, re-working if necessary and then moving on to the next part. I like this process actually, though perhaps it’s not for everyone. But being edited, self-editing and re-writing is, to me at least, at the very heart of creating fiction; it’s what I enjoy most next to researching which I completely adore and which gives me a valid excuse to pore over books and documents and dig into things with my metaphorical trowel and find out what lies beneath the soil. Once I wanted to be an archaeologist; researching for stories is probably the nearest I’m going to get to it! Most recently I’ve been doing just that for something other than a serial and which has resulted in me helping to produce a podcast, writing a short story for audio and e-book, and celebrating a town near to where I live. It’s for Historic England and it’s for a project called High Street Tales where seven towns have been chosen to have stories written about them. I especially wanted to take part in the project as it involved research, of course, but there was a specific area i.e. the shops, the retail side of things in the town, which really appealed to me when I found out that the earliest of my Irish ancestors came to North Shields to set up a Boot & Shoe business. Now, I wasn’t born in North Shields, in fact I come from south of the river Tyne originally but my Irish routes form a bridge between North and South Tyne. Apparently, I’m 100% Irish & Scottish with not a bit of anything else in me, which is a little disappointing, I have to admit , as Jarrow, where I came from, was, apparently, one of the first places the Vikings came to when they hit our shores. Anyway, you can find out more about my story 'Time and The Shoe Man' if you visit: https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/regenerating-historic-high-streets/cultural-programme/high-street-tales/

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Tuesday, 6th July 2021

Soon, they tell us, we'll be able to live with no restrictions. Hmmm. Not so very sure about that. Personally, I'm used to wearing a mask, don't want to stop wearing it, don't want to stop sanitising my hands when I go shopping, or the basket or the trolley. It's a slippery slope down to a rise in cases of Covid's new variant if we plunge straight back into the normal we once knew, and, where I live, we've got too many cases and they're increasing. So maybe we should be crawling back rather than racing in and abandoning all caution, which is the message I'm getting. And of course, it'll be our fault, not the government's, when it all goes off again. Just saying. Heigh ho.*On the writing front, I've just finished a four-part serial for the only magazine I write for (Women's Weekly) and am researching with the hope of doing another. Clocked up quite a few over these lockdown months, seems it's the only thing I can concentrate on, in fact. I'm moving back in time. The latest one was set in the Georgian era, and now I'm looking at the Tudors. As I said in an earlier post, I love delving back into the past. But until I get the OK from the editing team on the latest one, I'm just reading as part of the research... feels like inviting bad luck to start writing it before the last one's been given the thumbs up and of course waiting for a plot to come winging it's way into my head. It might feature shoes. *Starting to put a tune to someone else's words which is something I used to do a long time ago. It's a challenge, wanting to get it right, as the writer is a very well known poet and until I'm happy with it and the poet is, then I'm giving no other clues. Might record it though, so watch this space.*A friend of mine mentioned he'd spent some time reminiscing with an old pal of his and they clocked up three decades of memories over three nights. That, to me at least, is worth putting into a song, so also working on that.   *Still hoping to take the band out and do some gigs. The trio has a few outdoor performances under its belt which has been lovely and we're rehearsing again but as for the main band, well that's a space yet to be filled.*Finally, I can't wait to get back to singing with the groups I used to work with, pre-pandemic. That's going to be the last thing that comes back, I think, sad though it is, when singing and music is so important to the welfare of these particular people. But when it does, finally happen, oh Lordy I'll be smiling! And happy.  

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