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Festive Fun with BBC Radio Gloucestershire

A report on my appearance on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Chris Baxter Show yesterday

BBC Radio Gloucestershire logo“I love this book! It’s festive, fun and a bit silly at times!” said BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Chris Baxter yesterday, when I was a guest on his excellent afternoon show. “It gets your imagination going, which stories at Christmas need to do.”

I’d been invited to talk about Stocking Fillers, my Christmas book of short stories, and I was thrilled to hear that Chris had been enjoying reading it on the train on his way to work that morning. We talked about the writing process, when I’d started writing them (high summer! – more about that here), and the challenge of writing short pieces.

Cover of Stocking Fillers

After that, I was invited to read extracts from some of my favourite stories, which of course I was very pleased to do. I can now describe the book as “as featured on BBC Radio”, which is a terrific endorsement.

As ever, it was a joy to take part in a BBC Radio Gloucestershire programme, and I came away, as always, so impressed with what a great job they do bringing the community together and spreading goodwill throughout the county, not only at Christmas but all year round.

Debbie on a stall with her books
At a Christmas fair

And this time, there was also something else to take away: a request from Chris Baxter for some ghost stories for next Christmas. Hmmm, I’ll have to give that one some thought…

In the meantime, if you’d like to listen to interview, for the next month you can catch up with it on BBC iPlayer here:
(from 1 hour 10 minutes into the programme)

Cotswold Bookroom Christmas shop window display
Stocking Fillers is in the left hand window, in the centre at the front

If you’re in Gloucestershire and would like to pick up a last-minute, er, stocking filler, the book’s currently stocked at four local independent shops:

The Cotswold Bookroom in Wotton-under-Edge

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (branches in Tetbury and Nailsworth)

The Hawkesbury Shop (general village store)

And you can download an ebook from online retailers at any time. (Paperback also available for online purchase.)

Merry Christmas reading, folks!

Julia Forster and me outside the Nailsworth branch of the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, where we'd just delivered new stocks our the books we're holding
Julia Forster and me outside the Nailsworth branch of the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, where we’d just delivered new stocks our the books we’re holding



English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

7 thoughts on “Festive Fun with BBC Radio Gloucestershire

  1. Congratulations, Debbie, on your appearance on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Chris Baxter Show. It must’ve been gratifying to be asked to talk about your Christmas book of short stories Stocking Fillers. And then to be asked by Chris Baxter for some ghost stories for next Christmas! You have obviously been very busy, so I hope you haven’t forgotten that you agreed to teach me all about using Facebook effectively as an author. Early in the New Year would suit me.  I’ve been getting many emails stating that people wish to make contact, but I’ve been holding back simply because I’m at a loss how to proceed. I think people have been responding to the blog on my website, which you designed, of course. Meanwhile, I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enver

    1. Hello Enver, thank you for you kind comment – yes, life has been hectic for me in the run-up to Christmas! Let me know a time and date to suit you in early January and we’ll make an appointment in the diary, as we did for your Twitter training. In the meantime, have a very lovely Christmas with your family, and a happy New Year.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, and thanks for the lovely review you left on too! I’ve never actually thought about writing ghost stories – though I suppose my winter solstice story could count at one: “Lighting Up Time”, currently available as a short story for ebook on Amazon and other digital stores.

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