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Celebrating Women's Stories and Strength

Posted on 7 Mar 2017

Tags: International Women's Day, inspirational women


To mark this year's International Women's Day, our podcast features our very own fabulous female writers. Dilliebooks' founder Sharon McKee talks to Carol Browne, Eileen Masters and Penny Knight about the strength and resilience of women and which women they admire. Listen to the podcast below, we...


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Remembering Krystyna

Posted by Carol Browne on 5 Mar 2017

Tags: Poland, real life, Being Krystyna, Holocaust, WW2


We are deeply saddened by the news that holocaust survivor Krystyna Porsz has passed away. Carol Browne, author of Being Krystyna, pays tribute to a truly remarkable lady.

This week I had some very sad news. Krystyna Porsz, the subject of my novella Being Krystyna, died at the age of 95...


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Personal Stories Are Vital Records

Posted by Carol Browne on 26 Jan 2017

Tags: Poland, real life, Being Krystyna, Holocaust, WW2


*Friday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day and also sees the UK release of Denial, a film based on the true court case involving Holocaust denier David Irving.  These events will focus people’s attention on what happened of course, but Dilliebooks founder Sharon McKee believes we need to...


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Making Space for Writing

Posted by Carol Browne on 10 Jan 2017

Tags: resolutions, winter, goals, writing


Carol Browne author of Being Krystyna talks about juggling writing with work and life, and why making more space for writing is her goal for this year.

My number one writing resolution for 2017 doesn’t involve writing per se, but making space for writing.

Many authors lament the necessity...


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Write Something Every Day

Posted by Simon Evans on 5 Jan 2017

Tags: writing tips, writer, goals, 2017


Dilliebooks' author Simon Evans tells us about his writing goals for 2017 and offers a few tips of his own...

This last year I have taken a sabbatical from writing so am just getting back into it. The best way to write is to just write. It’s no good thinking about all the other things you...


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Author's picks of 2016

Posted on 21 Dec 2016

Tags: 2016, books, reading, recommendations


We asked our authors which books they'd enjoyed in 2016, and what an eclectic, interesting response we had! Here are some of their top picks...

Penny Knight
My favourite book was Wild by Cheryl Strayed - she was a free spirited gutsy girl who walked independently along America's Pacific...


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Interview with a real life character

Posted by Carol Browne on 28 Nov 2016

Tags: Poland, real life, Being Krystyna, characters, writing


In Being Krystyna, Agnieszka appears as the reluctant biographer of an inspirational lady who survived the Holocaust. Agnieszka is also a real person, also from Poland, and a friend of author Carol Browne. Carol interviewed Agnieszka about her experiences of not just appearing in a book but also...


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Real life writing

Posted by Carol Browne on 22 Nov 2016

Tags: non-fiction, WW2, survival, Holocaust, Second World War, writing, Memoir


When I volunteered to write the life story of local woman, Krystyna Porsz, I was a very reluctant biographer. I did it because no-one else could be found to do it, so I thought, “If I don’t do it, no-one will.” It seemed far too big a responsibility to me but I told Krystyna’s son I’d give it a go....


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WW2 survivor has a message for today

Posted by Sharon McKee on 10 Nov 2016

Tags: survival, Holocaust, Memoir, Second World War, WW2


We are pleased to publish our latest ebook Being Krystyna, the memoir of a Holocaust survivor on Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November.

Krystyna Porsz was just 18 years old and living in Warsaw when Germany invaded. Born Dorca Szafir, to survive the horrendous events that followed Krystyna changed...


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The write time of year?

Posted by Sharon McKee on 3 Nov 2016

Tags: winter, goals, writing


With summer now a mere memory for most of us, winter can be a great time to get down to some serious writing!
A regular feature of November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo - and there is still time to join in. The aim is to encourage people to produce 50,000 words by the end of the...


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