LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 7 – Location, location, location…

Posted Posted in lockdowntown, Manchester, Oldham, truth, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

While Oldham is still in lockdown, other parts of the UK are loosening their grip. The British Museum opened yesterday and seeing the inside of my beloved London bolthole tugged at my heartstrings. I used to spend a lot of time in London. But since March I haven’t been there and I don’t think I […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 1

Posted Posted in covid19, Freedom, lockdowntown, Oldham, Uncategorized

I’ve been in lockdown in Oldham since 26th March 2020. I’ve been working from home and barely going out of the house because I am terrified of getting COVID19. It’s been difficult. I love being at home but there are things I miss. Things that haunt my dreams and my daydreams. Today’s particular sadness was […]

DS Jan Pearce Series now on Audible – get the whole series free…

Posted Posted in Books, Crime writing, Fiction, Manchester, Oldham, Uncategorized

I’ve been working with the wonderful Laura Brydon to bring the DS Jan Pearce series to Audible. I searched for a narrator for a long time because I wanted to make sure that Jan’s voice was realistic and true to her character. When I heard Laura’s audition of Jan and Bessie I knew she would […]

PRESS RELEASE: Timely Novel Set in a Domestic Violence Refuge by Oldham Writer Highlights Domestic Abuse Figures

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Novel, Oldham

Jacqueline Ward, a published novelist living in the 19th most deprived area in the UK, will have her psychological thriller, How to Play Dead, published on 7th November 2019. The novel, published by Corvus Atlantic Books, is set in a domestic violence refuge and follows the stories of four women told from the perspective of […]

Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.