Achievements by Pennine Ink members


Are you bored during this strange Corona Virus time? Here is one suggestion by a Pennine Ink member – Dave Hall.

Create your life book in 10 easy steps.

Are you old enough to be isolated by the coronavirus for some months? Then you’re old enough to have memories to enrich the lives of your children and their children and their children.

And, due to the ban on movement, you now have the time to capture it all.

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of sharing the odd anecdote from your past with a young family member. And seen their interest and even amazement. Now is the time to put it into one volume – with no need to pay to have it published.

Today’s youngsters – and those that follow – will love to know what you did at school, the games you played and the home you lived in. How you got your first job. What life was like before computers and when television had three channels in black and white.



Pennine Ink members – competition winners and runners up with Burnley and District Writers’ Circle


Commended – Mervyn Hadfield ‘Nuisance’
Third prize Mervyn Hadfield ‘Miserable Git’
Second Prize Carole Taylor ‘Attraction’
First prize Mervyn Hadfield ‘Chambray’


Third prize Laura Sheridan ‘One Mug too many’
Second prize Kathryn Halton ‘The Runaway Train’
First prize Deborah Kingston ‘The Outing’


Third prize Mervyn Hadfield (a story) ‘Float like a Butterfly
Second prize Laura Sheridan – Dax the Dancing Dachsund
FIRST PRIZE Mervyn Hadfield –( a poem) ‘Our World’.


Third Prize Mervyn Hadfield ‘Live and Let Diet.
Second Prize Laura Sheridan ‘Just ../Keeps on Rolling’
First Prize Deborah Kingston – ‘The Move’


Commended Mervyn Hadfield ‘No Happy Returns’
Third Prize Laura Sheridan ‘The Andiamo
Second Prize Kathryn Halton ‘Reservoir 13
First prize Laura Sheridan ‘Guerre De Loo


Third Prize Mervyn Hadfield ‘Return to Crow Street’
Second prize Laura Sheridan ‘Bogged Down in the Afterlife’
FIRST PRIZE Mervyn Hadfield ‘Perfect Murder’


Mervyn has had one of his short plays (Big Dipper) performed on the stage in Manchester as part of this year’s North West Wonders.

Mervyn programme for play_0001


In the 2018 Burnley Writers Prizegiving, Laura Sheridan won the Article category with her humorous piece ‘Guerre de Loo’ and came second in the Children’s Poetry section with ‘Dax the Dancing Dachsund.’ She took second prize for her short story ‘Just Keeps on Rolling’ and for her Monologue, ‘Bogged Down in the Afterlife.’ She took third prize in the Flash Fiction category with ‘Too Many Mugs’ and third prize for her Article ‘Andiamo.’

Laura, writing as G.L.Sheridan, has ten novels and a novella published on Amazon, along with a collection of poetry and some short stories. She has other novels in the pipeline. In the Burnley Literary Festival 2017, she won first prize with her story ‘Sun’s Shining on t’Other’ and as part of her prize, a phrase from her story was engraved into the pavement in the town centre.

She has won quite a few prizes for her stories and poetry. One of her children’s poems, ‘Dinomate’ is going to be included in a book of SATs tests for junior school children.
Laura’s books can be found here:


One win and one highly commended for Mary.
Mary had two successful entries in the 2017 Burnley Literary Festival writing competition, winning 1st prize – a selection of books valued at £100 – in the 10-word competition. She also achieved a Highly Recommended for her 20-word story.

I Waited

I waited
But you did not come


Lucky Devils

We are the lucky devils of 1914
Sixteen left out of two batteries
The remains of three hundred men


One of her very short stories (101 words) has been accepted. It will be published in an anthology on the 1st April.

Her latest novel ‘Your Nemesis’ is available to download as an ebook or purchase on Amazon as a paperback.

Detective Inspector Kim Russo is investigating burglaries of high-end jewellery when a body is discovered locked in a bank vault. DCI Stone is appointed as the Senior Investigating Officer. The body count rises and after each death, Kim’s mother receives a menacing email. Every communication contains details only the murderer could know. All are signed – Your Nemesis.
The police need to work fast to discover the identity of the letter writer as Kim and her mother are next on the list of Nemesis.

One review of this book from Amazon:

9 April 2019

Barbara’s books can be found by following this link  –