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Achievements 2013

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Achievements so far for this year 2013

Maggie JonesMaggie Jones – Chairperson had two short stories, ‘Bessie’s Rescue,’ and ‘The Knicker Thief,’ published by Alfie Dog, in January.  They are e-book publishers, www.alfiedog.com and this was closely followed by her third short story, ‘The Right Result,’ in February.  Her forth, ‘The Breakdown,’ came out on the 20th March.  The good news continued, as she had her 5th, ‘In the swim of it,’ published on 24th March, with her 6th, ‘His Favourite Tea Lady,’ which went live on 24th April.  Maggie’s has since completed, Christmas Past, Happy Holidays, The Lucky Penny, Those Pesky Kids, A Wish for Christmas, Blue’s Christmas Eve Adventure and ‘Pandora’s Box,’ will be going live, on Wednesday 20th November.  You can find these and her other stories at www.alfiedog.com

Since having these stories published, Maggie has had 3 of her stories included in the compilation books, ‘Came as Me, Left as We, ‘Read it Again,’ and A Wish for Christmas.’

MaggieCurrieMaggie Currie – Updated 19th January 2013: I had an hour long interview about my book ‘What you believe creates your reality’ on Susan Rich’s radio programme, a USA based internet radio station.

Co-presented a radio programme once a week for a year, Calder’s Confessions, where we answered people’s problems.

Read the news each weekend for Vectis Radio.

Two of my clients came to me for help re their phobias.  One had a phobia of water, and the other had a phobia of confrontation.  I worked with each of them for a short while using Thought Field Therapy, and helped them to remove the anxiety associated with the phobia.  They went off and one had a holiday on a narrow boat on the canals and the other was able to deal with confrontation from her customers and her staff.

Wrote and presented a seminar on ‘How to have a stress free Christmas’.

Was accepted as a blogger on the Huffington Post and write regular blogs in their lifestyle section.

Wrote a seminar on how to survive Valentine’s Day as a single person to be presented in February 2014.

Helped out as a steward at the Literary Festival at Northwood House.

Planned and invited hundreds of people to the Vectis Radio opening evening at the Riverside Centre.

Sold some of my books in aid of charities, donated some signed copies to charities, specifically Kissypuppy.

Wrote a short story for the in house short story competition.

Crime Writers RC Bridgestock land Scott & Bailey TV role!

Updated 4th January 2014

Writing together is just icing on the cake for crime authors!

Crime Writers RC BridgestockThere are now four titles in the D.I. Dylan series with the publication of ‘White Lilies’ in June and ‘Snow Kills’ in November, by members RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock). Their writing comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.

As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone. He was also a Hostage Negotiator and worked in Detective Training at the world renowned West Yorkshire Police Training School for four years as a DI.

Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.

The books offer an insight into the real world of British policing mixed with cunning plots and human relationships. This adds a dimension to police procedural fiction which is truly genuine in voice and substance.

‘Bob writes the police procedural from start to finish showing how real crime is investigated. From the moment the body is discovered you travel with him as it really is, but in a fictional tale,’ said Carol. ‘I then pick up that plot and bring to life the characters. I draw out his real feelings stripping away the mask of the detective to unveil real raw reality expressed through DI Dylan. Once these characters live and breathe, I set the scene and add the home life of Dylan and Jen, with all the ups and downs being married to a dedicated professional member of the uniformed services entails.’

‘At first it was difficult to drop the ‘mask’ and reveal my real feelings but Carol said it would be cathartic after all the sights I had witnessed over the years. Of course I said that was rubbish and it was my job. But talking it through and unveiling my ‘crutches’ to myself I now have to agree. It’s awful when you have to admit the wife is right isn’t it?’

2013 saw the couple also achieve numerous talks to groups of all ages which resulted in the proceeds going to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. Organise three writing competitions to inspire others to read and write. Hold two events at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival including a schools event and a Dragon’s Den. Host the Evening of Remembrance at Huddersfield Hall where they introduced X Factor winner Joe McElderry. Appear on ITV and BBC 1 and numerous radio stations including BBC Radio Leeds several times.

They also gained contracts for the Dylan series to be published in South Korea and Turkey in 2014.

2014 is also going to be really busy as the couple have two more books scheduled to be released this year by Caffeine Nights Publishers and they are contracted to be Consultant Storyline/Police Procedural to a new BBC 1 TV drama series by Sally Wainwright & ITV’s Scott & Bailey series 4.

You can read more about the couple, their work and read their more detailed blog about their experiences, rants and tips @ www.rcbridgestock.com

Previously Published

A former detective and his police civilian wife have a new crime-fighting role.

Bob & Carol for Promo

Bob & Carol Bridgestock – who became successful novelists after their combined 47-year police career have been appointed as a consultants for the hit ITV crime series Scott and Bailey.
The couple will work as consultant storyline/police procedure behind the scenes on the fourth series of the show.

Scott and Bailey stars Amelia Bullmore, Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp are police officers Gill Murray, Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott, three members of Manchester’s Major Incident Team.

The show’s third run drew to a close on May 23, pulling in a final audience of 7.1 million viewers.

Bob, who handled dozens of murder inquiries for West Yorkshire Police and his wife Carol are the couple behind the crime novels featuring Det Insp Jack Dylan, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Harrowfield.

Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights, the Bridgestocks’ UK Publisher, said: ”This follows on from the rights sale into South Korea & Turkey and marks a fantastic year for Bob and Carol Bridgestock.

“They have also been working as consultants with Red Productions Co. On a new BBC 1 commissioned crime drama ‘Happy Valley’, and have now been asked to work on ITV’s award-winning crime drama series, Scott and Bailey.”

Due to the success of the writing competitions the couple run on the Isle of Wight to encourage others to read and write, especially children they are also launching a story-writing competition for children in their home town in Calderdale, tied in with their November book launch of their latest novel ‘Snow Kills’.

Entry is free but donations can be made to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Youngsters from the Brighouse and Halifax area will be asked to come up with stories on the theme “Snow Time”.

The couple will be at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival as ‘Dragon’s’ in the Dragon’s Den. A press release will be given soon.

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