Encouraged to write at school Chip Tolson went on to study architecture before national service in the army and thirty-five years in the shipowning industry working in Liverpool, Plymouth, London, Singapore, throughout the Far East and in Edinburgh. In the 1990s Chip and his wife, Clare, moved to a hill smallholding on Exmoor running Jacob sheep, chickens and planting trees. The change in work style was the opportunity to write fiction after years of reports and minutes. Chip was long listed in the Fish 250 word story competition 2005, was runner-up in the Octagon Theatre Stage Play Prize 2006 and has twice won the Yeovil International Short story Competition in 2013 and 2015. Chip published THE BATTLE OF SLOTTERHAM HALL, AD 1929 on Amazon Kindle in February 2015. In this fable of war the Pheasants resolve to challenge the Shoot. Chip’s first novel REQUIEM FOR PRIVATE HUGHES was published in 2015. It is the tale of Archie Middlebrook, a young national serviceman, overwhelmed by the trauma of a terrorist ambush in the Malayan Emergency in which his friend, Geraint Hughes, was killed . Only years later, in his sixties, after he saves the life of a young woman in a crashed car can he confront the spectres from his past and succeed in his early promise as a painter to honour Geraint Hughes with a London exhibition of paintings. In 2016 Chip published a collection of short stories, PEBBLES, in paperback available on Amazon 2017 saw the publication of Chip's second novel, BIRCHLAND HALL, available on Amazon as a paperback and e-book. In 1995, two cousins, strangers since an unfriendly childhood, inherit a rundown Victorian Mansion in Dewsfield, West Yorkshire, built by their great-great grandfather in the 1860s. They face an unsought responsibility to bring life back to Birchland Hall. Over months, the cousins' lives entangle, searching for family connection. www.chiptolson.com
Chip Tolson in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1990 In the UK West Country
What do you love about Short Stories?Short stories are the essence of good writing and must take the reader on an adventure.at a single sitting.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, plays and short screenplays
What distracts you from writing?Everyday happenings
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?The Natural World
What is your favourite book?The Shipping News
Who are your favourite writers?Annie Proux, Thomas Hardy and Alice Munroe
Where is your dream location?The Hebrides
What one item would you put into Room 101?Many Politicians
Do you have any advice for new writers?Keep reading... and write every day
Work by Chip Tolson:
An affair years before leads Meg into an adventure ending with success and catastrophe. "Meg ran with abandon, uncaring of kerbs, of hedges overhanging the pavements, disregarding cars, crossing junctions, running until her legs ached and she collapsed, heart pounding, onto a bench looking down at the dark water of the river. Her hair a mess from the rain, she gasped for breath. ‘It can’t be. He would never have hurt anyone,’ she sobbed. Yet he had hurt her, not in her body, but with the long lonely hours she had waited for the telephone to ring, pretending to her husband she was reading a book, to his pleasure as he thought her ill-read; fearing he would ask her about the book on which she had no opinion or interest. Her then husband was not Oswald, it was her first marriage to a much older, professor of a subject so arcane she had never understood its purpose, the husband that had left her a childless widow at thirty-five. The picture on the screen was ‘Danny’, she knew it in her heart. Only she called him Danny, the young man who had come to the university knowing nothing of life, shy and nervous, whose delicate fingers could spin a cricket ball to such effect he was in the university team from the moment the coach saw him bowl a few balls in the nets. Danny, that far-off figure seen from her picnic place on the boundary on warm summer days; yes, he had hurt her when he took up with the rich set and went off to heaven knows where with nubile young things ogling the lovely stranger that had come to town..."
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