A Carer’s Chaos by Julie Wiltshire – an insight into her experience as a carer

Julie and her husband presenting the cheque at the Edward Jenner Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Julie Wiltshire’s book describes her experiences of caring for her husband as he has struggled with cancer. From the sales of the book Julie has been able to donate £500 to LINC (The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund) which will go towards a new chair for the Chemotherapy Room.

A Carer’s Chaos is an important new book by Julie Wiltshire.

It offers a valuable and unique insight into the problems and struggles that carers must face every single day of their lives.

The book tells the story of how Julie Wiltshire coped and managed when her husband David was diagnosed with cancer, not once, but twice.

Julie records the details of their long journey from the diagnoses, the treatments and their daily lives as they battled to survive.

It’s an honest and open account and tells of periods of love and of hate, anger, feelings of loneliness and the utter terror of having to face the fact that your loved one is seriously ill and could even succumb to this disease.

It takes the reader through the terrible trials and tribulations of the carer as they attempt to help and support their ill spouse or family member without breaking under the strain of the situation that is not of the making of themselves or the victim of cancer.

This book is a must have for every doctor’s surgery, every oncology unit, every hospice and every psychological counsellor who has to help carers cope with their unwanted role and every library in the land.

It is published by Matador at £9.99 and is available to purchase here.

Interview with Rona Laycock on Corinium Radio 22 April 2018

Clare Finnimore and Gill Garrett interview Rona Laycock about her writing life and influences. The programme, ‘In Focus’, is available below, on the Corinium Radio website and here.

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Call for Submissions for the Locally Sourced Events at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 5 – 14 October 2018

If you are interested in presenting your work in the series of Locally Sourced Events at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival please follow this link.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Jon Smith Interviews Frances March 2017 Poetry Winner and Kathryn Alderman GWN Co-Chair

GWN Co-Chair Kathryn Alderman and the 2017 Poetry Winner Frances March were interviewed on Jon Smith’s BBC Radio Gloucestershire programme at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 May.
Click here to listen to the interview which begins about 35 minutes in.

GWN BBC Interview
GWN BBC Interview


Recognition for Rona!

Rona with her husband David

On Thursday 22 March 2018 Rona Laycock received a well-deserved award at the Cheltenham Arts Council Ceremony held at the Playhouse theatre. This was for her service as former Chair of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network, highlighting her work over several years in running the annual competition and associated prizewinners’ event for The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Gloucestershire's winning writers to read at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Twelve talented Gloucestershire writers and poets will read their work at the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition annual prize-winners’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival this October. The competition judges, former poet laureate of Birmingham, Roy McFarlane and University of Gloucestershire lecturer and writer, Dr. Lania Knight, will also read their own work.

Poetry prize-winner Frances March is from Stroud
Prose prize-winner Nastasya Parker is from Dursley
They have each won £200. They and the 10 runners-up will be published in a pamphlet, on sale at the event.

Poetry runners-up are:
Julie Wiltshire (Cam), Belinda Rimmer (Bishops Cleeve), Liz Carew (Cirencester), Iris Anne Lewis (Kempsford) and Jennie Farley (Cheltenham)

Prose runners-up are:
Judith Green (Cheltenham), Jeff Taylor (Eastleach), Val Ormrod (Alvington), Jim Moeller (Cirencester) and Cindy Moss (Tewkesbury).

Tickets on sale now:
What: ‘Gloucestershire Writers Network’
Event Code: L322
When: 7pm – 9pm on Sunday 15 October 2017
Where: ‘The Nook’, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham