Publications and projects


A Sparge Bag On The Washing Line

When her husband retires, Julia Thorley starts to keep a diary for her own amusement. She doesn’t tell Clive, in case he starts to do daft things on purpose. She needn’t have worried.

This is the record of that first year, a period of transition for both of them, bringing laughter, irritation, frustration and negotiation as they find a new way to live together. Thank heaven for the allotment.

A Sparge Bag on the Washing Line is published by 3P Publishing and as an ebook.

Stripped-back Yoga is not a book on how to do yoga. Long-time yoga teacher Julia Thorley has collected her thoughts on what she has learned on her mat. Some of the pieces are about practical aspects of yoga and others are a bit ranty, because there’s a lot about the modern yoga world that rubs her fur the wrong way. Her opinions are not always humble and may well make you cross, but some should raise a smile and might give you pause for thought. Take a comfy seat – it doesn’t have to be in the Lotus position – and make up your own mind.

Stripped-back Yoga is available direct from 3P Publishing here and as an ebook.

13-20 August 2021

Foxes' Retreat Festival of Writing

Click here  for details.

20 November 2021

Moulton Literary Festival

Moulton, Northampton

15 December 2021

Creative Writing at Christmas

Weldon & Priors Hall U3A

New short collection

Tasting Strangers

Now available in paperback and as an e-book

Meet the cast: a no-nonsense woman in her 60s who has a brush with authority; a down-at-heel private eye; a weary young mother from times past; a Victorian businessman afraid of progress; an Edwardian woman with her heart set on romance; a young man struggling with life; a teenage girl badly let down; a very special make-up artist; and a young mum who gets the last laugh. Each has a story to tell.

If you would like to buy a copy of the paperback edition, please contact me for details.

Scoring an Own Goal in Tennis: A short story is available from the Kindle Store here.

Lifelong chums Bob and Tommy love a bet: nothing big, just a bit a fun really. The trouble is, the luck never seems to go Tommy’s way, until one day a sporting challenge presents itself. Could Tommy finally get one over on Bob?

The Harmonium's Last Chord is a Northamptonshire short story. It's not true - but it might have been. The story was inspired by the redundant church of All Saints in the village of Aldwincle.

Available from the Kindle Store here.

The Little Guide to Teaching Yoga in a Gym - available from the Kindle Store

Pregnant and Fit with Sharron Davies, Partridge Press

Simple Conjuring Tricks for Everyone, Foulsham

100 Reasons to be Positive, Four Seasons

100 Reasons to be Confident, Four Seasons

100 Reasons to be Thankful, Four Seasons

100 Reasons to be Generous, Four Seasons

Included in Onward Writing Anthology

Included in Dogs Must Be Carried, an anthology by Corby Collective Poets