Next week, Elementary V Watson turns three years old and it’s my pleasure to say that every year has been better than the one before it.

Over the past twelve months, I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground! There’s been a great deal of proofreading and copy editing going on at Elementary V Watson HQ and it’s been a lot of fun to work on a variety of projects including academic work, fiction and non-fiction.

I’m also thrilled to have acquired a number of new corporate clients.

As you’ve probably noticed, my website has been revamped thanks to Kollektive NE. I’m sure you’ll agree, they’ve done a sterling job.

OHPC’s original design combined with the technical expertise of Harrison IT and Gavin Forster’s excellent photography have all come together to make me one very proud website owner!

In the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to run writing workshops with new partners, like North Tyneside Libraries and Old Low Light, as well as old – Di Meo’s Delaval Ices and Quilliam Brothers Teahouse. Members of my writing groups have celebrated performances, prize wins and publication. We’ve worked in partnership with Rachel Cochrane to produce a podcast as well as taking part in a sold out performance at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

The release of Blood from the Quill, the second collection by Elementary Writers, this week has been one of the highlights of my year. Blood from the Quill began as the Halloween event at The Cumberland Arms but Wild Wolf Publishing, who published our first anthology Thrills ‘n’ Chills, were so impressed with the original Gothic horror stories that they wanted to publish us again. Holding the book in my hand yesterday, I realised how far Elementary V Watson has come in a relatively short period of time.

I’m already looking ahead to the next twelve months and, so far, I have more free workshops arranged with North Tyneside Libraries, performances booked for the Heritage Open Days in September and Halloween as well as a monthly writing group starting at Ernest in April. There’s more exciting news to come soon so please keep checking the website.

As always, thank you to everyone who has worked towards making Elementary V Watson the success it is. Let’s see what we have to celebrate on birthday number four!