A dream start for author’s new novel

A former Morpeth schoolgirl has picked up a top writing award just ahead of releasing her latest book.

Author Chrissie Bradshaw has received the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy from the Romantic Novelists’ Society for her short story Such Small Moments.

The honour comes as she prepares to launch her new novel, A Jarful of Moondreams.

Former English teacher Ms Bradshaw attended Morpeth Girls’ Grammar School and was among the first pupils to transfer from the Newgate Street site to the present building.

Her first article was published in the school magazine Avancez, and she retains strong links to Morpeth as a committee member of ex-pupils’ group The Edwardians and as part of the Border Reivers writing group.

Her latest work is set in the fictional Northumberland border village of Dunleith and is a story of sparring sisters, deception, family secrets and reawakened love.

It will be available on Amazon from tomorrow (Friday), and can be ordered from local book shops.