A Summer Audience met Catrin Collier & Jill Mansell

It has to be said – and it was repeated by virtually everyone attending

Catrin Collier’s Keynote speech was spell-binding

Catrin, under various pen names, has published over 41 novels worldwide including 3 Quick Reads; in English and translation. She has had three stage plays professionally performed in addition to publishing various articles and short stories. Her first Catrin Collier novel, Hearts of Gold was filmed as a mini-series by BBC Worldwide, and attracted an audience of 6.8 million viewers when shown on UK network TV.

She has three film scripts in development, is in the maximum library public lending band (Top 100 authors). She has taught creative writing for Swansea University, prisons, Arts Clubs etc. She was writer in residence at Killay playgroup for children with special needs. Catrin has participated in Radio/TV Arts Programmes and worked as a radio presenter/researcher/broadcaster.

TY CATRIN, an Adult Education Centre in Rhondda Cynon Taff, named after Catrin Collier, was opened in February, 2003. Her Orion novel, One Last Summer, based on the war time diaries of her Prussian born mother and grandmother is recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

Her new novel Bobby’s Girl will be published in mass market paperback July 2012 by Allison & Busby. She is currently working on 3 projects.

The audience laughed, gasped and genuinely marvelled at the depth and variety of research behind Catrin’s books.  Her journey has been a book in itself – probably a mini-series in Catrin’s case and everyone at loveahappyending.com would like to express our sincere thanks for a fascinating insight into the world of such a prolific and hard-working author.

In addition to a day packed with talks, readings and mini-workshops there was a competition. Our loveahappyending.com authors had each submitted a 400 ‘Page-turner’ extract from one of their novels.

Everyone attending had two votes and warm congratulations to the winner:

 Tricia Jones

with an extract from : Bull at The Gate

click here to see the winning extract



Ex-Sir William Romney’s pupil, the award-winning author

Jill Mansell

dropped in to select one lucky winner from the voters, who received a stack of books and e-books, plus a Devils With Wings signed poster by author Harvey Black.

The winner was: Julie Wilkinson

from Gloucestershire

Left: Linn B Halton, Jill Mansell and Lou Graham


The day ended with another, rather surprising, announcement but we will keep you waiting until Wednesday 27 June to hear all about that.  In the meantime – another photo round-up to give a flavour of a day that was packed from start to finish.  Don’t forget to pop back and hear more about the other talks, readings and mini-workshops that we’ll be publishing over the next few days.







Please leave a comment

  1. Melanie Says:

    Congrats Tricia on winning the 400 word extract contest!

  2. Ali B Says:

    I agree Catrin’s talk was spell-binding. It certainly shook me out of a spell of writing doldrums to hear about the level of work and commitment Catrin puts in to every project. a true professional.

  3. Miriam Wakerly Says:

    Catrin Collier’s talk was so relaxed and humourous, that is what I liked and her prolific output is just stunning.

  4. Nicky Wells Says:

    I was blown away. That level of achievement, and ease of presentation, humour, wit and sheer presence is something I aspire to. One day… Thanks, Catrin!

  5. Catrin Collier Says:

    It was wonderful to meet so many inspired and inspiring authors, Thank you all for the wonderful warm welcome. Hope to see you all again soon – I’ll follow your careers in print,
    All Power to your pens, Catrin

  6. Jeannie Johnson Says:

    I am so sorry I could not make the event but so relieved that my suggested replacement, Catrin Collier, was so well received. Catrin and I are two of a kind and if you heard and saw us together, there’s not much we fail to agree on. And congrats to Tricia. Well deserved I’m sure. Love to you all.

  7. The Editor Says:

    Hi Jeannie, thank you for dropping by and we do hope our paths cross at some point in the future! It was a lovely day and Catrin enthralled us all, as I’m sure you would have done! Everyone scurried away thinking ‘must work HARDER’ (laugh) and there we were thinking we already worked quite hard. Thank you for your support and wishing you all the best.

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