We are absolutely delighted that local author and Washburn Heritage Centre member, Stephanie Shields, chose the Centre to launch her first book “Swan Landings”.
Steph farms sheep and crafts her short stories at her farm in the Washburn Valley. ‘Swan Landings’, her short story collection, has just been published and was launched at the Washburn Heritage Centre on 26th October.
Steph and the Washburn Heritage Centre go back a long way. She was the eye behind the camera lens for the Centre’s Oral History Project, an ambitious programme of interviews recording the reminiscences of the people of the valley.
‘Sometimes the real stories would begin just when I was packing the camera away! I particularly loved the interviews with people who had lived before, during and immediately after the war. There were some amazing women in the Washburn Valley. There still are. My story ‘Rudolph Valentino’s Tent’ is my tribute to them.’
The stories are set in many locations, not only the Washburn Valley. It’s a rich canvas with many and varied slices of different lives.
‘When it came to launching my book, there was only one choice – it had to be the Washburn Heritage Centre. So much has been put on to encourage writers and readers alike. We have had some great courses and fine performances. It’s a very special place.’
Swan Landings is available now. Visit www.sheepshedpress.com or order on-line on Amazon or you can visit the Washburn Heritage Centre, where copies are available to purchase at the launch price of £6. (ISBN 9781999818203)