Chichester writer is award winner

A WRITER from Chichester took her inspiration from a Barnham blacksmith for her latest work which has won a prize.

Novelist and former regional news reporter Roberta Grieve came third place in the Lady Violet Astor competition with her article Any Old Iron.

The piece is about Richard Friend and focused on his part in the current resurgence of a dying trade. It was published in The Countryman.

The competition is organised by the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ).

Roberta started as a newspaper reporter in Kent, and is now primarily a novelist although she still writes non-fiction articles.

Her sixth book Full Circle will be out in June.