Corinna Edwards-Colledge is a Brighton based writer, author and freelance journalist. She writes novels for lovers of psychological & mystery thrillers, award winning poetry and compelling short stories .
PRINT & KINDLE BOOKS
“A gripping novel that uncovers some of the darkest chapters of WWII...a lightness of style allied to a compelling narrative.”
A village haunted by the past,
two people haunted by the present.
"Beautifully observed & stylishly written with flair & energy." (The Book Club)
Have you ever had a phone-call that has changed your life forever?
"The kind of story you put your life on hold for and emerge from with a renewed sense of mystery." (Amazon)
A childhood mystery is reignited when Maddie takes up the offer of a gardening job in Italy.
"A fast-paced gem craftily fusing contemporary life & ancient lore. Left me spellbound." (Goodreads)
Who or what is Mary, and what does she want with Niall Costello and his family?
"The Call is the third offering from this author that I have been lucky enough to read - and my favourite to date. The writer has a vivid and colourful writing style - such that I often re-read sections as they were beautifully observed and stylishly written with flair and energy."
I was born in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester, and spent much of my childhood reading fantasy books and exploring the dramatic local countryside fueled solely by Kendal Mint Cake and a vivid imagination. Unsurprisingly a love of the natural world and a hint of mystery is something that often appears in my writing.
My passion for writing started when I won a poetry competition at the tender age of seven. Since then I have had a brief sojourn as an actress and singer touring with the wild, wonderful and unfortunately, late, Brian Behan; written poems, short stories and five novels, and worked as a TV & editorial
journalist. I studied English & Media at the University of Sussex and have worked in local government and trade unionism for the last 20 years, something which has engendered in me a passionate belief in public services and equality.
I live in Brighton in a loving if sometimes hectic menagerie including my husband, kids, step-kids and pets. I love hot curries, long walks, passionate conversation and laughing until it hurts. Most of all I love words, the infinite worlds they can create, and the limitless opportunities they provide to communicate and connect.
NEWS & EVENTS
INTERVIEW ON RADIO 4'S SATURDAY LIVE!
I was thrilled to be invited on to Radio 4's #SaturdayLive recently with the legendary Reverend Richard Coles, Nikki Bedi, and guests Paul Merson, Jamie Laing and Susan Tilley.
The show has over 2 million listeners but everyone was so lovely that it felt like hanging out having a chat with a few friends! I talked about The Findings, and the importance of objects in our understanding of ourselves and our personal histories. If you missed it you can listen here.
THE FINDINGS FACEBOOK GROUP & ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND BID
I have created a Facebook Group called #TheFindings where hundreds of people are now sharing precious personal and family artefacts and the stories behind them. It is part of the continuing discoveries I have made about my own father and uncle, following retrieving boxes of their possessions years after their deaths. I'm also developing The Findings into a performance piece and workshops, and am working on a bid to The Arts Council to help make it happen. Come along and join the group, there's some fascinating and moving stories to hear!
'SURVIVAL MANTRA' RUNNER UP IN WORLD POETRY DAY COMPETITION
I was honoured to be the joint runner up of Unison's 2021 World Poetry Day competition with my poem, Survival Mantra.
THE DOOR THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE
If a door that shouldn’t be there appeared in your house, would you go through it? Should every door be opened? Should we always follow those we love? These are some of the questions faced by the protagonist of The Door That Shouldn’t Have Been There as we follow, through fairy story and first-person narrative; his journey through grief after the shocking death of his wife in the night.
My fifth book will be out later this year, and it also contains beautiful illustrations by the amazing Becky Gough. Watch this space for news!
My dad, Paul Edwards, died a few months after my son was born in 2002. Apart from being a social worker for a lot of his working life, he was a prolific writer. A large portion of dad’s writings, spanning fifty decades from the 1950's to the 1990's, was put into storage at a friend’s house and only returned to me last year when they had to clear their loft. Since then the boxes have been stored at my husband's studio, and then spent several months at the top of our stairs.
I finally went through the boxes earlier this year, and I share fragments of some of the beautiful and intriguing things I found in The Findings. See the whole series on my author Facebook page.
I read my flash fiction 'The Box' at Bovine Cemeteries 'The Future is Now'.
Extraordinary night of dystopian visions and science fiction at Bovine Cemeteries last reading event at The Komedia. I read my flash fiction story 'The Box' about a radical potential solution to humanities survival of an environmental catastrophe.
RECENT JOURNALISM - WHY WE NEED TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
"I talk to my kids about sex and drugs, so why don't I talk to them about climate change?"
As my eldest son went off to join the climate marches I started to reflect on my feelings & fears about climate change & why I wasn't talking to my kids about it. Click on the picture to read the full article.
READINGTO LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS AS PART OF THEIR WWII CURRICULUM.
It was such a privilege to read 'Jean's' chapter in Argemourt to the year 6 children at a local primary school.
I spent an amazing morning recently talking about what was happening in France during the violent death-throes of World War II to over 100 year six children at a local Primary school as part of their history curriculum. I read Jean's chapter from Argemourt, which describes the terrifying morning in June 1944, when an SS Panzer division roles into his quiet French village.
The kids listened with rapt attention and made some insightful and sensitive observations. A genuinely moving experience.
RETURN OF THE MORRIGAN AUDIOBOOK OUT NOW.
My third novel is now on Audible.
After doing such a fantastic job narrating The Soul Room, the talented, multi-voiced Jac Knight of JaCh Creatives joined me again to record Return of the Morrigan. I am also hugely grateful to The Left Outsides who gave me permission to use their sublime track 'Time Makes a Fool of us All' for the credits. Music and narrator work perfectly in bringing my dark story with its heady mix of contemporary life and ancient Pagan myth to life.
My publisher, Authors Reach, is both an author co-operative and a publisher owned by its authors with the aim of bringing a varied collection of their books directly to readers, and to invite interaction. The publishing arm offers a wide variety of books across several genres and from a range of authors including international bestsellers. All AR titles are available to order from all good bookshops in the UK.
Storyland Press is a co-operative of Brighton based authors published by Author's Reach who come together for events, readings and to promote their strong genre-based fiction. The idea behind Storyland is for it to be a place where the story comes first regardless of genre or where it sits on the commercial/literary spectrum.