About me (updated 15 Jan 2020)

Hi there - I'm a writer. Welcome to my page - I'm so happy that you've come here, but I'm gradually transferring my posts to my new website. It would be marvellous if you would come and sign up to the Newsletter on the new site - then you'll get all the latest posts and news. angelajphillip.com.

2020 is (hopefully) going to be a big year for me. I'm planning to start publishing my novels.

Yes, I'm going to be an Indie Author - I'm learning how to do it. It's the way of the future. I'm sure it is and I plan to share the ups and downs of it in my Newsletters.

I blog weekly for Hastings Online Times (HOT) - it's called Hastings Bookchat. If you're a reader or a writer based in Hastings or St Leonards (UK) - or if your books are set in Hastings, please get in touch and I'll try to include you in a HOT post. And do come and join Hastings Bookchat Facebook group - it's for everyone interested in books (doesn't matter where you live).

Wherever you are, I would like to say hello and invite you to drop me a line (via the contact form on the new site - or via a comment on any of the posts) to let me know what you think. I am delighted to see on my stats page that you live in Brazil, Japan, USA, India, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico and in lots of European countries. Dear writers and readers everywhere, thank you for coming to this page.

Just over three years ago (after years of writing academic stuff), I started writing fiction. I started writing a series of (probably 5) books called The Dani Stories. My main characters are Daniela and Esme, her mother. Dani's troubled relationship with her mother forms the background and sparks many of the growing points in her life. I have loved both Dani and Esme since they bounced into my life. Don't know where they came from. Currently I've completed the first four novels and I'm now doing a final proof-reading in preparation for self-publishing book 1 (followed by the rest).

The most recent novel that I've written is called The Saulie Bird set in Papua New Guinea. It's a psychological thriller about Aulani who is accused of witchcraft but who escapes from her tormentor and goes in search of her two mothers. Aulani has a bad start, but she is tough and she escapes and learns how to reverse her fate. It's about how people try to control the thought processes of others and how Aulani discovers that she is more powerful than she knew.

I'm a reader, of course. Books have saved my life. I've got so many favourites - Maya Angelou,  Esi Edugyan, Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Tim Winton, Elena Ferrante, Fyodor Dostoevsky, James Baldwin, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, Andrea Levy, Kate Grenville, Margaret Atwood (especially her poems), Haruki Murakami, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maggie O'Farrell, Marilynne Robinson, Goethe, Yevtushenko, Colm Toibin, Rose Tremain, Yaa Gyasi - and so many more.

One of the more recent books I've read is Barbara Kingsolver's book Unsheltered  - short review of this on the new site - here.

I live in beautiful Hastings.

And for many years I lived in Papua New Guinea - also stunningly beautiful - my second home.

My interests (apart from reading & writing)
Sound & Rhythm in prose - when we read, we hear the words in our head (even though we're reading so much faster than we speak) so the rhythm and the sound matter. Not only in poetry (we all know that) but in prose, too. Our hearts can beat as one when rhythms sync. (I'm an applied linguist with a doctorate from Edinburgh and have worked at the University of Papua New Guinea and in the UK at Oxford Brookes University.) Have a look at my post - Every piece of prose should be a poem.

Blue Rumour
Music - folk music, blues & jazz. I sing and play in a band called Blue Rumour. We had a gig on September 25th playing for the Hastings Online Times Benefit gig.at the Kino Teatr in St Leonards. It was a great pleasure to perform there - wonderful audience. Then we hosted  the Hallowe'en folk and blues night at the Stag Inn - there were witches and warlocks, drumming and dancing, all kinds of instruments and lots of singing. Whoopee - a great night.

Our next gig as Blue Rumour will be at The Stag Inn in the Old Town, Hastings on Sunday 2 Feb 2020 but we play sessions at the pubs around town every week.

My family & friends - in the UK, Australia, Japan, PNG, Germany, Austria, Finland, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Nepal and in so many places - you are marvellous - couldn't manage without you.

Greeting dogs & cats - at the risk of sounding soppy, have to admit that I greet animals I meet in fields, on the street or in buses. Keep trying not to get another dog because I like to travel and dogs miss you... and I miss them.

...& birds - did you know that seagulls can live till they're 50 and stick with one mate - and that magpies are very clever....and that there are three wood pigeons who come and sit outside on my veranda when I play a certain high note on the fiddle?