Welney Wishes

   Frances Woods - prize winning writer

Thank you for visiting my page.  I am the writer and publisher of 'Tales from Plover Cottage'. These tales are a mix of super-natural stories that draw on the myths, legends and history of the East Anglian fens - they often have an unexpected twist at the end too!  With the incredibly supportive help of Mike Campbell-Swai I have been able to release my collection as an audio book on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.  My book is also available on Amazon as a paperback. 

2017:  '1947 - Flood'. Written to mark the anniversary of the terrible floods that submerged much of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk fenland in 1947. This story is a fictional account and was short-listed for the Strands International Short Story Competition.  I am extremely proud of this success as it was a truly global competition. 

2016:  Ely Writers' Day invited entries to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.  My story 'This Guest of Summer' received a 'Highly Commended' award.

2015:  Was off to a good start with a first prize placing for my story 'In Our Time'.  Here are the comments from the judge of the inaugural Ely Writer's Day short story competition: 'Filled with emotion - somehow manages to be heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. I love the description of the scene in the garden - I felt I was standing in the kitchen and the protagonists simple acceptance of his presence makes it believable to us too - and we feel with her, as she struggles to find a way to make him stay, whilst at the same time sadly accepting that he cannot.'

2013:  The short story 'Doctor's Visit' was shortlisted for the 'Scribble' Annual Short Story Competition and was published by the magazine. 'Scribble' is a subscription magazine that showcases new writers. 

2010:  My entry 'Black Dog' won first prize in the 2010 Wells Literary Festival International Short Story Competition. 

I am currently working on a novel set in the Fens. The tale is set in a modern day, post-pandemic, rural Norfolk and draws on the history of witchcraft, and the English Civil War, at the time of the drainage of the fens.  The setting in the fens allows for atmospheric writing describing the wildlife and remote beauty of the flooded Ouse Washes in winter. The novel uses epistolary techniques, flashback, dreams and television to explain events from 400 years ago. Please contact me for further information and, if required, a synopsis. 

I have an MA in Creative Writing along with a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

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All the stories on this website are written by Frances Woods. Frances Woods has asserted her right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of these works. The stories on this site are provided for you to read free of charge subject to the condition that they are not, by way of trade or otherwise, copied, lent, sold, hired out, printed or otherwise circulated in any format without the author’s prior consent.

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