|"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!"
...easy to talk to...
...lots of information given, lots to absorb, thank you!"
|Aspiring Authors, Essex - Regarding Creative Writing Events, selected comments|
|"Sarah helped me to pin down the text shown on my website, please do not hesitate to contact her to do the same for you."|
|CG, Corporate Branded Goods Supplier, Essex - Regarding Web Content|
|"open minded and helpful."|
|RB, Photographer, Essex - Regarding Web Content|
|"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 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|
|"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|
|"Thank you very much - it was a great experience for both of us."|
|Toni McGenity, Essex - Regarding Writer's Block Radio Programme|
|"Relaxed format – exercises were challenging and pushed me outside of my comfort zone but in a safe environment."|
|"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|