In the Local Rag



Thank You!!

I can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who helped make the launch of Elin’s Air a success. There were so many people willing to share their talents to make it a great event. I loved it. Thank you to Festival Church for hosting and providing such a perfect venue.


My thanks to all those behind the scenes who have incredible technical skills and managed the sound, timg_4966he lights and the screens. Also thank you to the wonderful drama team for all the time and energy that they put into creating a wonderfully dramatic depiction of a scene from the book. You were amazing!img_4969





Special thanks to the cake maker who made a genuine simnel cake which has been much enjoyed since!


Thank you, too, to Welsh composer Tim Rowlands for his beautifulimg_4951 new piano composition “Elin’s Air” inspired by the landscape of the Lleyn Peninsula, and named after the book.







img_4960Welsh Assembly Member, Darren Millar, was an absolute star drawing the winner of the competition run by Hillman Publishing, sharing his response to reading Elin’s Air, his own discovery of gold and informing us of the work of the Evan Roberts Institute.img_4963





We also had the talented Morgan Hebner, who painted the cover of Elin’s Air, with us, sharing some of her other work. I’m so grateful for her lovely servant heart and time she gave to be there. She really brings something beautiful with her.










I was really encouraged by those who came to join in celebrating the release of the book, especially those who travelled so far to be there. Thank you!!


It was great to have The Festival Coffee Shop open, even though it hasn’t been open long and to sample  the wonderful Heartland Coffee that comes from a roastery in North Wales. My thanks to staff of Festival Coffee for being willing to serve so many while it is still early days for the coffee shop, and to do it in costume too! Amazing!


I also have to express huge gratitude to videographer, Joel Parry for all his hard work filming and editing in preparation for the event and then also being willing to film the day itself. He is incredible!img_4921

Photos of the day are the handiwork of my son, Josiah, whom we have discovered has inherited a portion of the photographic gene that originated in the Chester branch of my mother’s family.

img_5008But the biggest thank you of all must go to Hillman Publishing for making a dream a reality and helping to birth Elin’s Air!




Book Launch


October 15th 11am @Festival Church, Chester

All are welcome. There will be a display of the cover artist’s work; other books available from Hillman Publishing; a dramatisation of a scene from the book; an interview with the publishers and author; book signings; presentation from the Evan Roberts Istitute; a newly commissioned piece of music called ‘Elin’s Air’ performed; the publisher’s competition prize giving; and access to the Gallery Coffee shop.

Starts at 11 and the church will be open for the rest of the day for people to drift in and out as they wish.

Competition Time!

Hillman Publishing are running a competition. Whoop!

Elin’s Air competition time! Between 20th August and 24th September Emily Stanford will be giving you weekly clues (five in all), the answers to which will be hidden in your copy of Elin’s Air. Get them all right and you’ll be in with a chance to win a miniature Welsh Miner’s lamp made by a company in Aberdare, Wales who’ve been manufacturing them since they were invented! To enter the competition, simply email all your answers to by 1st October. In the mean time, Elin’s Air will be available from for only £7.99 until the start of the competition.