The Torrevieja Writers’ Group – based at The Olympic Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, recently hosted a presentation by local Author Barbra Dean, who debuted her highly original children’s story – ‘The Multicoloured Hat’ earlier this year via Ant Press, an English Publishing company based in Almeria.
Originally from the Home Counties, Barbra - following a career in journalism that included stints on local papers, corporate and fashion magazines - moved to Spain with her husband eight years ago. After a spell at She Magazine in the so called ‘swinging sixties’ Barbra took a step back to raise her two boys - during which time she brought fashion to the shires in her own column for the Watford Evening Post. At the age of fifty-five, wanting to revive a long buried dream, she undertook a University Course in Humanities and after 3 years became the proud owner of a BA Hons. Degree.
Since moving to Spain, Barbra joined an art class and planned the publication of her first book, ‘The Multicoloured Hat’ – a charming story aimed at the children’s market, the idea for which came to her whilst working at a playschool. Now published in paperback from Amazon, ‘The Multicoloured Hat’ is also available as an e-publication for kindle, kobo, i-pad etc. The paperback contains colouring pages that can also be downloaded for free at http://www.themulticolouredhat.com/
The Torrevieja Writers Circle is now in its fifteenth year; it comprises a varied group of people (anyone is welcome over sixteen years of age) meeting weekly to read, discuss, inspire, and share their work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry - in fact all genres of writing. Members include several published authors; prolific Nik Morton, whose twentieth book, ‘Blood of the Dragon Trees’ has just been published. John McGregor – ‘Fairy Tales of an SAC’ and the soon to be released 'A Flock of Female Friends', Gerry Wright – ‘Farrel’s Last Case’ and Rob Innis – ‘Spain Exposed’ are also members of the Torrevieja Writers Circle that meets every Wednesday morning from 11:00 – 13:00 in Las Palmeras.