Trinity course praised
Pembrokeshire author Judith Barrow, eagerly awaiting the publication of her first novel, has been quick to praise the MA creative writing course at Trinity University College, Carmarthen.
“It does give writers such as myself a marvellous boost of confidence,” she said.
Mrs Barrow added: “The lecturers were marvellous and they really set me on the road to chasing publishers for my work.”
Mrs Barrow’s first novel, Pattern of Shadows, is currently with Honno and will be published in May, 2010.
Meanwhile, Mrs Barrow is busy with her next project.
“I'm now busy with another novel, A Quiet Trauma. It's a work of fiction based on fact and tackles the subject of Stilboestrol, a drug prescribed to pregnant women for more than 40 years. This book tells the story of five women drawn together in friendship because of the terrible consequences of Stilboestrol.”
Mrs Barrow was born in Lancashire and brought up in a small village near the Pennines, but she now lives in Pembrokeshire with husband David and Lucy, her King Charles Spaniel.
She has a B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing from Swansea University. In May 2007, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Trinity.
Mrs Barrow added: “I've had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles, noteably in several Honno anthologies. I also had a play performed in the 'Play Off' competition at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea and Strima Productions have turned my stage play My Little Philly into a film and it is now being entered into several film festivals.
“I was shortlisted in the Cinnamon Press Award for my first adult novel: Pattern Of Shadows a saga set in the Second World War.”
Pattern Of Shadows follows Mary Howarth, a young nurse in a hospital attached to a German prisoner of war camp in the North of England during the Second World War.
The story centres on Mary's love for two men, Frank Shuttleworth a camp guard and Peter Schormann a German POW doctor, and her attempts to hold her dysfunctional family together in a country struggling against the hardships of the war.
Frank proves to be both a possessive lover and a liar. Mary's fraternisation with the POW Peter puts her life in danger. It is a story of secrets, murder and revenge.