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Three Norfolk writers explore theme of belonging 

Three Norfolk writers will be reading excerpts from their books on the theme of belonging at the Rockland St Mary church barn.

The event will take place on Saturday July 24 from 4-6 pm at what was previously the Burning Bush Barn.

Amanda Addison,  Sally-Anne Lomas and Sarah Passingham will be reading from their latest books, all listed for national awards. 

In the Summer of 2019 the three friends, all writers with works in progress, came together to showcase their projects to their community. They met in what had been known as the Burning Bush Barn at Rockland St. Mary as part of Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week and their theme was mental health.

Amanda Addison and Sarah Passingham’s books were published late 2019 and early 2020 and Sally Anne Lomas was due to publish her novel in summer 2020. They were looking forward to a year of readings and festivals.

Then came Covid.

But on Saturday July 24, Amanda, Sarah and Sally-Anne will return to the Rockland Church Barn with their published books in an event of celebration and gratitude for the support of their friendship and the community that nurtured them. This time, they decided, their theme would be ‘Belonging’. The three books could not be more different and yet each tackles the importance of what it means to belong, or how debilitating it can be to feel that the place where you should be, no longer quite fits, and what we can do to mitigate that.

Amanda Addison combines writing, making art and teaching. Inspired by the natural world, travel and textiles, listed for the Commonword, Fish Memoir, Dunwich Flash Fiction, Retreat West novella and Virginia Prize, she holds an MA in Writing the Visual. Her flash fiction short story, The English Way, was overall pan-European runner up in EACWP flash fiction 2019 and her debut novel, Laura’s Handmade Life (Hachette) has been translated in German (Goldmann, Weltbild) and Italian (Newton Compton).

Sally-Anne Lomas is a writer, film maker, artist and keen swing dancer. She grew up in Birmingham and now lives in Norfolk with her husband and their pets. With a background in television production, she has made documentaries and short films for BBC, C4, ITV, and Animal Planet. She produced and directed The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich, winning the Royal Television Society East – Best Factual Documentary Award 2017. She also works with children and young people to make films.


Sarah Passingham lives in Norfolk, a watery landscape that inspires and underpins much of her writing. She considers the world to be a resource for the insatiably curious and has published three books of non-fiction, a collection of short fiction, poetry, and for performance and libretto. She is a columnist for Brittle Star Magazine and a Trustee of the SAW Trust bringing together Science, Art and Writing.

There will be a lively Q & A, book signings and refreshments.

Numbers are limited. To book a free ticket please email [email protected]

Pictured above are (top to bottom) Amanda Addison, Sally-Ann Lomas and Sarah Passingham 


Eldred Willey, 21/07/2021

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