Alison Clink is one of the best-known faces on the Frome writing scene. Apart from her own successes - over 50 short stories in magazines and on Radio 4, plus national newspaper articles, and some short plays produced – she’s been instrumental in helping other local authors in their careers.
Hers is an example of small steps building confidence. After her twins were born in 1992, she wanted a family-friendly career. She saw a course advertised in the Standard saying ‘Would you like to be an author?’ and though she wondered if there was any room for her in a crowded fiction market, she went anyway. This ‘do it anyway attitude’ has helped her, and is something she passes on to her students.
With the encouragement of her own tutors Alison went on to win a first prize at the Wells Festival of Literature and her first short story submission was accepted by two major women’s magazines. In 2000 Alison obtained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. The harshness of the course critiques took her by surprise but she learned from it, wrote more, and decided to teach her own course.
‘I’ve always tried to encourage my students to put their work out there and tell them about opportunities that are within their grasp. One of the most satisfying successes for me as a tutor was in the Family Guardian when three of my students were featured in the Playlist, The Photo Album story and Things We Like to Eat all in the same week.' This year Alison is publishing her memoir, The Man Who Didn’t Go to Newcastle, a version of a diary she kept for three months at the time of her brother’s death. A sad and personal subject, but Alison’s work has never lacked humour. There will be smiles among the touching moments.
'Get Your Work Out There'
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