Edward King Project

So proud of the members of ‘The Writers at Lovedean’ who are doing their bit to raise awareness about #mentalhealth #EdwardKing

Edward King Stories at The New Theatre Royal.

Saturday 27th May

Times: 11am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm

Location: Minghella Studio, New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guidhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD


Writing Workshop

Charlotte Comley with be running Children’s Story Writing Workshops at Portsmouth City Museum on the 31st May.

7- 12 year olds 10:30am – 12:30am

Children’s Story Writing Workshop (Free) ages 7-11, Charlotte Comley ***FULLY BOOKED***

12-16 year olds 1:30pm  – 3pm

Children’s Story Writing Workshop (age 12-16) (Free)

Pop Up Readings

Jackie Green

Sunday 28th May

9:30am Milton Piece Allotments, Locksway Road – next to produce shop

Margaret Jennings

Tuesday 30th May

10:15 Denmead All Saints Coffee Morning Garden, Hambledon Road, Denmead PO7 6NN

Jackie Green & Charlotte Comley

Thursday 1st June

10:15 Denmead All Saints Coffee Morning Garden, Hambledon Road, Denmead PO7 6NN

Charlotte Comley & Christine Lawrence – please note this is for students only

Date to be confirmed, week starting 5th June

Havant Six Form College

New Road, PO9 1QL


Charlotte Comley will be interviewed on Express FM on Wednesday 31st of May 5:30.

Drop – In Gallery Readings Portsmouth Museum

Project writers will be dropping in throughout the day to read their Edward King stories. This event is free.

Saturday 3rd June 2017

10am – 5pm

Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ





Joanne Mallory Thunder Moon

In 2012 I was one of the Writers to Watch, a group who performed their work in Portsmouth and had their stories published in an anthology. It was a great experience, and I made some fabulous friends, including Joanne Mallory.

So I’m excited that Jo’s debut novel, Thunder Moon is going to be released on Amazon on Tuesday 17th January. I’ve already pre-ordered mine! I’ve heard a few chapters at The Writers at Lovedean, so it will be exciting to get a chance to read the full novel after all the editing advice Jo got from independent publisher Crooked Cat, and to see the work in its entirety.

Jo’s an incredibly talented writer when it comes to capturing a setting, and I know from the extracts I have rejoanne-mallory-thunder-moonad that she’s made the most of this skill and has used the local area as inspiration, especially Langstone.

I wish Jo luck, and I’m counting down the days until I can get my hands on this new magical romance!



Baubles Book Launch


Saturday 3rd of December was the book launch of Bridge House Publishing latest anthology. So few publishing houses are willing to invest in short stories, so I was especially delighted to be included in the ‘Baubles’ collection. The launch, held in London, and since I have just completed my Master’s degree, my lovely husband offered to take me to lunch in the city. We found a delightful pub called The Mudlarks near London Bridge and found a quiet corner. After a carb loaded meal to keep the cold out we ventured to a new part of London, Chalk Farm and off to the launch. Gill James is a fellow SCBWI member and is on the Words and Pictures team, so it was fantastic to meet a Facebook friend and colleague in the flesh.
It was a fun afternoon of networking with other authors, listening to readings and a surprising bit of marketing training from Gill’s daughter.
The Baubles anthology can be purchased:
Baubles via Amazon
If you are looking for a place to submit short stories, it is well worth taking a look at the Bridge House page: Brigde House Publishing




Congratulations Kate Rawding

I’m pleased to announce that one of the members of The Writers at Lovedean, Kate Rawding first novel, The Unlikely Rescuers is now available for pre-order. Kate has attended my writing group for many years, and I have heard so many snippets from the novel that I am pretty excited to read the whole thing. It is interesting to be in a position where you witness a creative project from those first early days of a concept to a beautifully finished and polished version.

The main protagonist, Bravol, is a traveller boy, bullied in mainstream education. The Unlikely Rescuers is the first book in a trilogy and is out Christmas 2016.

You can contact Kate for more details via her website: http://kjrawding.com/home


How positive people aid success!

It’s been an exciting week on the writing front, requests for full MS, one of my short stories appearing in The News, and lots of support for The Writers at Lovedean writing competition. However, as delighted as I am with the input of good news, I am aware that I couldn’t have done it alone.

Since Tessa Ditner took over running Portsmouth Writing Hub, there has been a flurry of opportunities for creatives. If you suggest something to Tessa, she does her best to make your idea a reality; I believe a member made a comment about collaborating with The News, and now hub member’s stories are in print. All writers understand the thrill of seeing your words in front of an audience, but there is always behind the scenes hard graft to any printed piece of work. Portsmouth Writing Hub is a fantastic resource for artists, but you get what you put into the group. Although there is support for book launches and writers angst, it is mainly a home for positivity, a spot where creatives can discuss plans for creating art and liaising with others to make something new and awesome. You only have to look at the projects that are supported by the hub to see that, Darkfest, Day of the Dead, Dark Cities, and the Edward King Cityscape Project. These aren’t the activities of naval gazing writers lamenting how hard it is to get published; it is an energetic and vibrant mix of creatives wanting to push the boundaries of their work. My advice, don’t sit on the sidelines jump in and see where the opportunities take you!

I was delighted that Solent TV invited two members of The Writers at Lovedean into their studio to discuss our first charity short story competition. Long-time member Lynne Stone and relatively new member Jackie Green bravely stepped in front of the cameras. These two ladies are examples of what real creatives can do; they are delightful members of the group with such an inspiring ‘what can we do to help’ attitude. I know they were both terrified at the prospect of appearing live on TV, but they did a fantastic job.

You can read my story in the news here:
Short Story Punkat By Charlotte Comley in the Portsmouth News

Check out Portsmouth Writing Hub:
Portsmouth Writing Hub Facebook Page

The Short Story Competition:
The Writers @ Lovedean Short Story Competition


Damon L Wakes:
Writers – Why you should blow up a dog


Today, I was lucky enough to get an incredibly talented young writer to come and give a writing session at The Writers at Lovedean. Damon L Wakes novella is looking for pledges on the Unbound scheme. Not sure what that is? Well, Unbound is a crowd funding project, where writers have the opportunity to get published by Penguin. Damon came to the group to explain how the scheme works and to ask for pledges for his novella, Ten Little Astronauts, an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery novella set on board an interstellar spacecraft. He also explained why it is a good idea to blow up dogs in his five great writing tips!

I do hope you will check out his page on the Unbound and think about pledging!.



The List Writer

So in a moment of madness, I decided to have a go at Vlogging!

I am a list writer. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received one or two negative comments about my list and actions plans. But I’ve decided that they are part of who I am. Everyone has their own writing process, in fact, I sometimes find that different projects need different approaches. And it’s easy to worry that perhaps you are not using the right approach – but instead I’ve decided to celebrate the way I do things.

Also, I made what I now think may have been a rash decision. I’ve decided to stop using Nutella for emotional support.

On the up side, it was a fun way to connect to my tech fan youngest daughter during the holidays!


Fat and Running

Fact: I’m fat.
Fact: I run.
I started running not because I wanted to lose weight but help combat the depression. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)recommends that people with mild to moderate depression take part in about three sessions a week, lasting about 45 minutes to one hour, over 10 to 14 weeks. But if you want to get the chemicals you need to battle the blues, you need to break into a sweat.
Despite all the advertisements claiming that you can go from couch to 5k in 12 weeks, I knew that was an unrealistic goal. So with the help of a trainer called Alec, we set out on a twice-weekly programme. For the first few weeks, we walked a lot and ran a little. It took twelve months, but now I run 5k twice a week. I haven’t lost a lot of weight, but I haven’t dieted.
But my mood has improved. When I do hit a bump in the road, I recover faster. I’m fitter, and a few other health problems have improved.
So here are a few points should you decide to get your trainers on and go for a run.
Start small and make yourself some realistic goals to get back into shape.
If you are a fat woman and running alone there is a chance you may hear, ‘who ate all the pies,’ or ‘fatty.’ Ignore it. If you can look in the car, you may be surprised at how fat the driver is! Don’t pay any attention, if they knew then pain you had to run through they may hesitate. But people who hurl abuse aren’t the sort who can walk a mile in someone else’s trainers.
Which brings me to the point of trainers, you need a decent, but not massively expensive pair. After all, if you keep it up, you’ll have to replace them often.
Fat makes running harder, but not impossible. A good sports bra is an incredible asset.
Over the last few years, I have tried everything to keep the depression in check, and this has hands down been the most successful.


Photo Phobia

I’ve been working as a professional storyteller in Hampshire since 2008. Over the last few years, I have been getting regular bookings, and I have already a few events booked for September, which gives me a lovely warm and fuzzy feeling. But I’m aware that I have changed my storytelling website for years.

It’s a difficult decision to make when your original system is getting results. But with a sad heart, I’ve decided that my Charlotte Comley Storyteller site news some love, and I’m also aware that I seem to have developed a fault. One minute it’s working and the next time you follow the link you get a message saying the site is under construction, so frustrating!


The only thing I’m nervous about is that it is also time to have a new headshot. It amazes me how some people can just smile at the camera and come away with the perfect shot. And others, well me, feel I need a lot of soft focus.

If I’m honest, the reason while I’ve waited so long in updating the site is the publicity shot.

We hates it.



Five ways to find time to write during school holidays.

IMG_2648It’s the school holidays – yeah!

Love them or hate them, if you have school aged kids you can’t avoid the six-week stretch. I love the kind of parent I am during the holidays. The tension lifts. The constant need to check on homework status, remembering signed forms, and packed lunches disappear.

For the last few years, I have been privileged enough to be able to work from home, which means, that even if I’m juggling and distracted – I am around. Many writers’ friends are stressed at the thought of losing their few precious writing hours when their kids are at home. Now my kids are teens I would say ‘be kind to yourself.’ It’s six weeks, and as children get older, they may learn to understand your need to have a laptop on their knee or pen and paper in their hands and will give you that time. In fact, you may find that they need their own quiet time to work on their projects.

But if you can’t face the summer without a creative fix there are a few things you can do.

  1. Sign your kids up for an activity in a place which as a café. That way while you kids have a go archery, you can write a few words with coffee.
  2. When my kids were younger, I would walk them. In fact, my dear friend Raymond often asked if I had children or dogs. Long walk around the park. Picnic. Another walk around the park. Then home, early bath, pj’s Disney film, and while the kids watch Belle, I enjoyed a bit of novel planning.
  3. Play dates. The theory is that you have a friend’s child round to play at your house, and then they have yours. Watch out, I’ve had my fingers burnt. Lots of friend coming here and no invites back. In fact, my youngest daughter is 14 and on Tuesday she had eight, yes EIGHT, friends round to make a Youtube video. The problem is if you have several children of different ages. Still, I know some who swear by it.
  4. Get the kids writing too! This one was a success for me. For the last few years, each summer has started with the kids starting their novels. Then you can all write together quietly. Top tip, give them your smart phone and get them to ask Siri.
  5. Use this time for plotting. Just jot down your ideas, and don’t worry about getting all the words down.


I didn’t get much done when my kids were small, and I did find it frustrating. But hang in their writers with young kids, your time will return.