Today’s episode is an interview with Bead Roberts, a fascinating writer and tutor with years of experience and knowledge to share on writing short stories, using life experience in your work and why you should never be afraid to get your work out there.
Bead started writing over twenty years ago while living in Bavaria. She’s written everything from stories in a comic for under fives, to detective stories for a Scottish newspaper.
Her first competition success was in the Ian St James Short Story competition which led to a suggestion from a Curtis Brown agent that she write a novel. Having no interest in novels she wrote plays and stories for radio and settled on stories for women’s magazines with over a hundred published.
She taught Creative Writing for many years and was twice nominated for Writing Tutor of The Year awards.
Nowadays, at seventy four she writes fewer stories but still likes to enter competitions. Her proudest win was runner up in an international competition judged by Hilary Mantel when her story title Letters to Freddie Mercury was used for the competition anthology.
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