At the weekend I was privileged to host a writing workshop headed up by Amanda Hodgkinson, the award winning author of international bestseller, 22 Britannia Road and the critically acclaimed novel, Spilt Milk. There were nine of us for the weekend, all members of the Parisot Writing Group – a supportive and lovely bunch of people. We all agreed the weekend was a great success, but it was over far too quickly. Now it is back to some hard graft on my novel, The Gift. The feedback I received from Amanda and the group means I’m looking forward to working on it again and I have a clearer idea of what I’m trying to achieve. I know I echo the sentiments of the whole group when I say that Amanda was an inspiration.