I am back and a bit frazzled after completing NaNoWriMo 2022 on 28 November 2022. NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. The aim is to write 50,000 words during November.
I am happy to have completed it. The challenge felt insurmountable when I began.
Some days felt wonderful and the words flowed. But, there were many early mornings, and late nights when trying to find the words felt brutally painful.
It was especially challenging when I was tired, rushed, or just was not feeling particularly creative. Trying to fit writing time around other work and family time was not easy. It was an emotional month, but I now have 50,000 more words of my novel to add to the existing Chapter and notes.
I might write a bit about the process at some point over on my Novel Progress Page, but at the moment, I just want to take some time out to rest my brain, breathe, and enjoy the accomplishment.
If I can resist the temptation, I will likely wait until after Christmas before I start piecing the novel together in order, printing and starting the first edit.
Update: After just two performances the show has had to be cancelled due to cast sickness. The dates are due to be rescheduled for 2023 once cast availability and dates have been arranged. Subscribe to the Sewell Barn Facebook page to keep up to date
I am super excited to be performing in the stage play ‘The Welkin’ directed by Jez Pike at Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich this October.
What is The Welkin about?
“Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.
With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.”
The show contains strong language and adult themes.
When is The Welkin?
Dates for the show run from Thursday 13th October 2022 to Saturday 22nd October 2022
Where can I buy Tickets for The Welkin?
You can book in advance by ordering tickets from the Ticketsource website or you can buy tickets on the door at Sewell Barn Theatre. It is advisable to book in advance.
Parking at Sewell Barn Theatre
The theatre shares its car park with a sports centre and on Thursday evenings the running club takes up many of the parking spaces. So, if you visit the theatre on a Thursday evening, it might be worth leaving a little earlier to ensure that you get a parking space.
Where is Sewell Barn Theatre?
Sewell Barn Address
Sewell Barn Theatre,
St Clements Hill
Norwich, NR3 4BH
Google Map and Directions to Sewell Barn
My headshots, taken by photographer Nic Skerten in Norwich at the end of June 2022, are now up on my acting portfolio in both colour and black and white. Hi-res copies for casting are available on request.
Sadly, Marie Cooper is currently unavailable for unmasked acting work for the foreseeable future, due to a severe dental issue that is due to be fixed. She does not know when and is taking this very hard. Updates will be published to this page and social media channels as and when they become available.
I am mended and incredibly relieved and happy to be back to work, thanks to our wonderful NHS.
Join The Matchgirls Memorial for the online launch of their new anthology, ‘Feathers and Pennies: Poems and Stories for the Matchgirls’!
As a contributer to the anthology, Marie Cooper wil be at the book launch to celebrate the Matchgirls’ enduring legacy, along with the winners of the Pen to Print competition, Emma Purshouse, Eleanor Walsh, and Debbie Rolls.
All of the proceeds raised from this wonderful book will be used to fund the ongoing campaigns to remember the Matchgirls. You can pre-order the book when signing up for the launch through Eventbrite. Or, you will be able to buy it directly from the Matchgirls website following the launch.