Stories from the Streets is about the work of Street Pastors – can you briefly share who they are and what they do?
Street Pastors started almost 20 years ago and employs volunteers to care, listen and help in a range of scenarios. It is an interdenominational organisation bringing together Christians from a diverse range of churches. Initially their focus was on the streets during the night… Read More »
Helen, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I’ve been writing all my life, really: articles, stories, the occasional poem – and novels. I love words – reading, writing, teaching English, trying to learn languages. I won an article-writing competition in primary school. Read More »
Joy, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
Although The Treasure Man is my first published book, I have always enjoyed writing and sharing those words with anyone who would listen. I remember I enjoyed writing stories at school, usually with a twist at the end, which didn’t go down too well with the teachers! I Read More »
Heather, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I distinctly remember when I was at Junior School my mother reading a story I had written for homework and saying, ‘This is a lovely story, but it doesn’t end, it just stops.’ She was then starting to write books and eventually had twenty published and I learned a lot… Read More »
Gilana, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I started to get ‘nudged’ by God in 2018 and took the prompting seriously the following year after I had left my job at the hospice. My initial thoughts were quite haphazard to put it politely! I knew I wanted to write about the joys and benefits of going on spiritual retreats and started to look back through my personal journals… Read More »
Ellie, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
All Saints? is my first book and I started writing it three years ago, although parts of it were swimming around in my head for about a year before that. I had lots of bits of paper with conversations and bits of the plot, which I arranged in order across the floor… Read More »
Jenny, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I grew up in a house brimming with books and have always been an avid reader – very important for anyone who writes! My imagination was always busy with ideas, daydreams and make-believe scenarios. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl; some in my head and some on paper. I remember winning a school radio poetry competition when I was eleven and I wrote a story published in the Girl Covenanter magazine about a year later… Read More »
Karen, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I’ve always loved writing and, throughout my life, especially during momentous times (good and bad) have found it helpful to get my thoughts out on paper. In my late teens and early twenties I occasionally felt ‘pregnant with poem’ and had to grab paper and pen, sit down and work at rearranging words until they expressed exactly what I was feeling at the time. Read More »
Ben, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I began writing around twenty-five years ago when I was composing far more songs than our band needed (I was in a band called Gethsemane Rose, at the time). To see song after song shelved became a frustration. I was also inspired around that time by several books I had read. These were Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and its sequel, Piercing the Darkness, and the Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters. Read More »
Henry, how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
This is my first book, though I have written Bible Study notes for our parish Small Groups at Rainham, which underpinned a lot of our teaching there. I didn’t initially set out to write a book. My creativity is normally expressed in writing songs or painting canvases. So the idea came unexpectedly one day when I was sat down by the river in Rainham, spending time with God… Read More »