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Jan Collingsworth’s first at­tempt at story writ­ing was loved by the judges

Jan Collingsworth de­cided to write a story for the Let’s Talk Short Story 2018 com­pe­ti­tion, her first at­tempt at story-writ­ing.

And the judges were so im­pressed by her work, that she was sub­se­quently named as one of the two run­ners-up, win­ning a years’ free sub­scrip­tion to Let’s Talk.

“Four years ago, I took early re­tire­ment from teach­ing, hav­ing taught in pri­mary schools in the Nor­wich area for just over 30 years.

“I now have more time for the things I en­joy, such as read­ing, sewing and, in par­tic­u­lar, gar­den­ing. I have two lovely step­daugh­ters and a beau­ti­ful, fiveyear-old grand-daugh­ter who keeps my hus­band and me on our toes!

“I work part time with peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia, their fam­i­lies and car­ers. The in­spi­ra­tion for my story came from them and I hope it goes some way to giv­ing peo­ple an in­sight into their world,” says Jan, of Ayl­sham, in Nor­folk.

“As this is my first at­tempt at story-writ­ing, to have come third is a big in­cen­tive to keep writ­ing, she adds.

Jan’s suc­cess­ful story is called...

Jan Collingsworth, a run­ner-up in this year’s short story com­pe­ti­tion

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