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Play On Words: Meet the Author - Crime writers @ Willow Barns

Vicki Goldie worked as a Chartered Librarian for the Royal National Institute of Blind People and then for the past 19 years in public libraries in Bournemouth and Poole. There she enjoyed arranging and attending writing courses and author events, including such luminaries as Fay Weldon and Peter James. All the while she was writing away in her spare time. She is intensely grateful to Village Writers based in the New Forest who let her join them four years ago and have nurtured and critiqued her debut novel Blind Witness on its way to publication.

Born in California but brought up in England she was introduced to the Golden Age of crime authors at an early age by her mother. She is married to a blind physiotherapist, and it is from his mother, born in a large country house in Devon (now a hotel), educated by a governess and with a cut glass voice like the Queen, that she absorbed real-life stories about the twenties and thirties.

She has always had a fascination with the Art Deco period and the Golden Age of crime writing. She has been filling her house with Art Deco-inspired artefacts and clothing for 40 years.

Blind Witness is her debut novel and is the beginning of a series featuring Alasdair and Melissa Charters. He second novel, Blind Pool will be published by Victorina Press later this year. 

Peter Windridge-Smith is an author pioneering a blend of art forms where prose, lyric, and music are created simultaneously. In Peter’s mystery novel pair - Enough Rope and Some Slack - the protagonists write songs which reflect their changing emotions as lives spin out of control. Readers can listen to these songs on-line, adding additional depth to the experience.

Peter Windridge-Smith lives in Dorset, England with his wife and two school age children. He was brought up within a few minutes’ walk of the sea and loves to be near it. Outdoor hobbies provide a constant distraction from what he should be doing. Walking, wildlife watching, photography, astronomy... if only there were enough hours in the day.

Book your tickets for Meet the Author - Crime writers with Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!

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