Speaking at my first literature festival!



What a busy month! As well as my BIG birthday coming up at the end of April, I’m also about to appear at my first literature festival. I’ve always loved going to them as a reader – it’s such a thrill to see your favourite authors and hear them speak – but how ridiculously exciting to now have been invited to one as an author!

The Dead Dog DayIt’s a lovely small one – the Hawkesbury Upton literature festival in Gloucestershire – which had a very successful first year in 2015, so I’m delighted to be joining some great writers there this year. I’ll be chairing a discussion panel as well as reading from my debut novel The Dead Dog Day.

If you’d like to come along, it’s on Saturday the 23rd of April and it’s FREE to attend! You can see the full programme here – I’d love to see some QVC viewers there. Meanwhile the deadline for my second novel – ironically called The Deadline – is the 28th of April.  That’s when it has to go to my editor, with publication currently pencilled in for October. I’m already getting nervous!

As well as all that, training for the 100km hiking event I’m doing in August is now stepping up a gear, and I’m doing a half marathon a week. The event itself, the South Coast Challenge, is two and half marathons non-stop. I’m doing it to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity. Some of you will know that my younger sister Deborah died from a brain haemorrhage six years ago, when she was just 39. If she had survived, it’s likely she would have been severely brain damaged, and would have needed help from organisations like Headway, so I’m doing this challenge in memory of my sister. Her death was life-changing for me and for our family, and I still miss her every single day. I’ve now set up a JustGiving page so if you would like to donate anything at all, even a few pence, I would be so very grateful.


In SkechersI think I’ll get through a few pairs of trainers over the next few months – luckily I have several lovely pairs of Skechers to keep me going! So comfortable and they look funky too.

That’s it for now. I’m currently putting together a fab prize for a big blog birthday giveaway – more on that soon! Have a great week.


Jackie x



  1. Suzanne Brooks April 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie , I am 54 years old and have signed up to walk the Worcester Way , which is a 31 mile walk for St Richards Hospice.
    Which of the Ryka trainers would you suggest I buy for training for this ?
    Kind regards

    • Jackie Kabler April 18, 2016 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Suzanne
      I would say either the Devotion Plus (item number 159617) or the Strata (159622). Both are excellent walking shoes and great for long distances. The Strata has particularly good arch support if you need that. And the very best of luck with your walk! The Worcester Way sounds lovely.
      Love Jackie x

  2. SheMag April 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I don’t tweet so couldn’t think of another way to tell you how fab your hair looks today in the eat taste love show (Wednesday). It’s really flattering that little bit more tousled and less formal. Getting closer to 50 and looking younger…not bad! Best wishes, Fiona

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2016 at 10:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Fiona,
      I was trying out the new EGO curling wand, not too good at it yet but I’m glad you thought it looked nice! Thanks so much. Anything to look younger….!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Suzanne Brooks April 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Many thanks Jackie, I shall order today x

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