|"Thank you very much - it was a great experience for both of us."|
|Toni McGenity, Essex - Regarding Writer's Block Radio Programme|
|"It was great fun. I enjoyed seeing how a radio show worked and talking|
about my story. I might write a play for the radio."
|Mairi McGenity, Essex - Regarding Writer's Block Radio Programme|
|"Thank you so much for your in depth critical analysis of my political love thriller novel. When I began writing it, I had no concept of ideal length of chapters, hooking the readers attention from the outset rather than later, narrative formats, composition precise, possible difficulties with the use of foreign names. I had spent too much time thinking that I had nailed the perfect book, when in reality there is still much more to do before it is in a viable format for agents, publishers or readers to invest their time and money.|
Your review was skilfully written and broken down into easy to understand sections. This would have taken you considerable time and for such a small invoice. Excellent value for money!
I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone embarking on any writing project."
|PS, Essex - Regarding Book Reviews|
|"I have found Sarah Banham to be a fantastic mentor. She helped in many ways! Being able to gain confidence is amazing and being on the radio as a co-host helped me a lot. Also learning the journalism side [of writing] at work experience gave me a chance to find out what I love and it opened a door to my future! I would suggest Sarah as a mentor to many people since she can teach you a great deal of information needed!"|
|SY, Student, Essex - Regarding Coaching and Mentoring|
|"I just wanted to say thanks again for helping me out with those quotes for my column in Writing Magazine. The article has just been published and I've attached a copy here for your records.|
I hope the writing and the studying are going well!
|Simon Whaley, Author | Writer| Photographer|
|"Last Thursday, 14th July, I was invited on to Sarah Banham‘s Writer’s Block programme on Maldon Saint FM 94.7 to discuss They Do Things Differently Here, book 1 of my The Invisible College trilogy of dystopian novels for young adults.|
I discovered both the programme and the station earlier this year, as a result of a chance Google search. I was most surprised to find that a local community station would have a weekly scheduled book programme, at 7pm Thursdays (repeated 9am Sundays). Sarah describes the programme’s aim as ‘to shine a literary light on Essex and its writers’.
On the programme Sarah intersperses music with news and interviews from the Essex literary scene. Each week she invites a guest, who may be a writer, poet, literary agent, editor or other profession related to writing. I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in local writing. Sarah’s bubbly personality and enthusiasm is ideally suited to the show. Give it a try!"
|"Thank you for inviting me on to your show last night- great fun!"|
|Joe Wenbourne, Essex - Regarding Writer's Block Radio Programme|
|"Topics were well structured allowing skills to be built upon."|
|"...Helped kill the block (and bury under the patio!)|
...so many ideas.
...reminded me how to use different [writing] tools.
...visual aids helped words flow naturally.
...Enjoyed interacting with like-minded people.
...good ideas on how to get the juices going. Haven't been writing for a while and felt this was perfect timing.
...Interesting to hear others' viewpoints."
|Aspiring Authors, Essex - Regarding Creative Writing Workshops, selected comments|
|"SJ Banham knows how to create distinct and lifelike characters, and the|
suspense of the plot makes it easy to devour the whole novel in one go. A
riveting read from start to finish"
|Book Reviewer, Essex - Regarding the Novel, Guardian Angel|