It was a pleasure to welcome Virginia Moffatt to talk about her book, Echo Hall, which she is plannning to publish via crowdfunding platform, Unbound (see end of article for details). Over tea and cakes she told us how the book developed and changed over the ten years she has been writing it and how anyone who is interested can help bring the book into being. There were many questions from an interested audience, and it was fascinating to hear Virginia’s answers on a variety of writing/publishing topics.
Virginia is from Oxford, and has considered Church Stretton her second home ever since her parents moved to the town in 1988. She is delighted her sister and husband remain in Church Stretton so she is still has an excuse to visit.
Virginia has always been a writer but only began to take it seriously in 2004 when she began writing ‘Echo Hall’. Since then she has gained a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and her short stories have appeared in several online journals and anthologies. Her collection of flash fiction, ‘Rapture and what comes after’ was published by Gumbo Press in 2014. She is currently working on a second collection ‘At Your Behest’ developed from prompts from customers when she was writer in residence at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in June 2016.
Virginia also writes nonfiction, having had articles in the Guardian and the Church Times. She is a regular contributor to the Ekklesia website and Peace News. In 2016 her essay ‘The Rise of the Death Eaters: how neoliberalism has corrupted public life’ was shortlisted for the New Statesman/Virago Inaugral Award for Politics and Economics.
‘Echo Hall’ is Virginia’s first novel. Longlisted for the 2015 Bridport First Novel Prize and Retreats West Opening Chapter Competition 2015, it was signed by Unbound, the crowdfunding publisher in January 2016.
Set in a fictional village on the borders of England and Wales, Echo Hall’s imaginary landscape has been inspired by Virginia’s many visits to Church Stretton, Herefordshire, and Llangollen.
Virginia is currently crowdfunding ‘Echo Hall’ – you can pledge to support it here: https://unbound.co.uk/books/echo-hall