The twist at the end is heart-breaking, shocking, done so swiftly, I felt bereft.
I know this is a winning story because days after I read it, weeks even, I remember it.  

Ralph Jackman, Author of Actium - (about A Shift in the Gallery)

 
Bella D'Arcy Reed's website

Welcome

Welcome to my website, which I hope you will enjoy.

As a writer, I write the scenes in my head: what I see, what I hear when my characters speak. Having worked in Music Theatre and Community Arts, then as a Garden Designer/Historian, I have a strong visual and aural sense.

My writing is about putting these scenes and sounds into words, to share them with you, the readers.

Bella

PS – Do get in touch!

NEWS - April 2018

Bella D’Arcy Reed has been appointed Writer-in-Residence for the Essex Gardens Trust, believed to be the first such appointment by a gardens trust.

Bella will start her new appointment with regular thoughts about gardens, landscapes and people on the Trust’s Facebook page under the title ‘Bella Scootering Gardener’.

These will also be repeated every fortnight on this website, under Writing Gardens, Writing Landscapes.

AWARDS

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    2018
    A CAT FOR CONSTANTINOPLE - QUEEN'S COMMAND
    3rd place, The Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition, Historical Writers' Association
  • 2017
    A SHIFT IN THE GALLERY
    Winner, The Olga Sinclair Short Story Competition, Norwich Writers Circle
  • THE MORESCO
    Short-listed for The Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition, The Historical Writers Association
  • 2017
    MAGIC CARPETS
    Special Mention, Spread-the-Word Life-Writing Competition
  • 2016
    ROGUE
    Winner of the Essex Book Festival Crime Writing Short Story Competition
  • 2015
    PERGOLAS
    Longlisted for the Words and Women Prose Competition
  • 2014
    FLOWERS
    Short-listed for the Essex Book Festival Short Story Competition

Newsletters

The pictures in each section are of places and things which mean a lot to me. The Newsletter is about what’s happening, what places – mostly gardens – I’ve been to, and things I find interesting and want to share.