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Taking it Easy? Of Course Not!

You may think that now I have retired from helping NAWG in its endeavours, I would be taking it easy. Far from it! My days are full and I am enjoying all that I now do.

Diane and I judged the Christmas competition which ended in December. That gave us a lot of entertainment and we hope the winners are delighted with the result of their work. I have completed my entry into the Self-Publishing Award run by the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust. My book More Bridlington was the central point of the entry and I hope to be invited to the prize-giving in London on May 6. And here is where coincidence plays its part. On that day, Diane and I just happen to be returning from Poperinge by train. We shall arrive in London in time to be able to visit the prize-giving before continuing our journey home. That means there will be no need for the expense of train fare and accommodation in London for the event. Not spending unnecessary money is just what a Yorkshireman likes!

Self-Publishing Magazine's reviewer of Little Tyke, my book of poetry through the eyes of a Bridlington lad in the 40s and 50s, gave me immense joy when they spoke highly of the work and of the book as a whole.

On other fronts, I have helped Diane Impey publish her novelette, and created a book for Val McLane via Brian Lister at Biscuit Publishing. Two local authors have published historical works and I've been able to help there too.

My self-imposed task for the next few months, however, is to continue with collating everything I can find on the men whose names appear on Bridlington's Cenotaph. Among the 300 or so names is that of my grandfather and Remembrance Day thrust the need for the men's lives – as well as their deaths – to be recorded for the future. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site provided much information, which was then extended via ancestry.com. On top of those two sources, the Annals of Bridlington, housed in the local library, provided me with cuttings from the town's newspapers of the time. What I am going to do with the resulting information I'm not sure yet, but at least I can provide a ring-bound archive for the library.

My next self-published book on Bridlington is still on course for May publication. Over the winter I have collected much material via eBay to provide inspiration for a multitude of pages. Currently I am negotiating with local artists to include their work to give them publicity.

And I'm sure something else will come along after I've finished all that.

— Mike Wilson

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Author: Pam Fish Date: January 13, 2010 4:28 pm
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Gary Heap: October 14, 2010 10:18 am
I bumped into Mike recently on a gloriously warm day on Bridlington seafront. We reminisced over NAWG - I was shortlisted for 'mystery' play this year and won it a few years ago... Mike's natural enthusiasm and affinity for all things writing are truly an inspiration to other writers. Our trip to Bridlington was one of reflection and I was seriously thinking of giving up writing completely but as I watched Mike enthuse over this and that in the little museum on the seafront I couldn't help thinking just how ashamed I felt about giving up. Thanks Mike - I'll always think of you should I ever 'lose the plot' again!
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