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Monday, 19 April 2010


The Platinum Page website is up and running... to visit the new site, please click on the magazine cover and it will whisk you there straight away!

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Freelance Market News

More publicity! Today Platinum Page has featured on page 1 in the Freelance Market News!

Great Stuff!

Friday, 26 March 2010

April/May edition

I'm happy to say that this afternoon, I have posted the new issue copies out to subscribers!

I'm looking forwards to receiving comments!

To those who would like a copy, please visit my web-site

where you will find two options for ordering - either a .pdf copy delivered to your inbox, or, a printed copy delivered to your letter box using first class post.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


I'm thrilled to announce that the brand new Platinum Page website has gone live!
Please visit!

Register and join in the chat in the forum.

Two new email addresses:
for submitting work:
for general enquiries:

If you wish to contact me personally: Vivienne@platinumpage,

I look forward to seeing everyone at the new site!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

A sneak preview...

The April/May edition of Platinum Page has some fabulous fiction, and poems to make you think...

For those of you with a sweet tooth, we kick off with The Half Made Jelly, and the decisions of a busy mother.

Two poems follow, from different poets, all the way from Spain.

Anyone been to Brooklyn Bridge? Steve Taylor has... and remembers it well!

A bus ride taken on a Bank Holiday, in rhyming form...

The Power of Love shows it's strength in a lovely story from Rob Innis.

A poem of Vultures comes next, but not of the bird variety...

Next up is a story about a man who has a job to finish...

Chess... anyone play the game?

Delicious and Fattening... a poem to make you hungry!

Teenage boys friendships... a testing time for two boys.

Continuing the serial Face the Music and Dance, Guy moves to Chelsea.

And ending with a fantastic story about how strong a mother's love is.

I hope everyone enjoys this issue, and please let me have your comments and thoughts.


Gone to Print!

The April/May issue has gone to print, and I should have it back by the end of the week. I will post out to those who have already subscribed, and look forward to new subscribers, and new orders from the web-site.

Happy reading to you all!

Good News!

At last Paypal has been set up! Just need to finish off with a couple of tweaks, then we'll be going live!

Friday, 19 March 2010

Website News

Platinum Page website is all set to go live... just as soon as paypal is sorted...

I'm hoping for early next week!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Hexham Courant

The feature on Platinum Page is in today's Hexham Courant, page 19. Hoping it generates interest along with the Writer's News!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Writer's News feature

The feature on Platinum Page is on page 5 in the Writer's News!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Coming Soon!

Behind the scenes at Platinum Page exciting work has been taking place. Coming soon is a Platinum Page website!

Latest news, submission details, subscription information, a forum, contact me, everything is on there!

I hope to have it 'live' within the week, but in the meantime, the forum on the site is up and running so please visit and register, then we can get a good old chat started.

I will post the 'live' date as it gets nearer!

See you there!

Friday, 5 March 2010

New Writing North

New Writing North have today published their newsletter, and again I'm delighted to spread the word that Platinum Page has a mention!

So exciting!

Writers News Article

I'm delighted to say that the feature on Platinum Page has now been published in the Writer's News! I'm thrilled that interest and submissions have started to trickle through from this.

Here we go!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Special Editions

The poll results are as follows:

1. Letters
2. Poems
3. Stories for children
4. Memoirs
5. Shopping

I look forward to your submissions!

If you are submitting to the stories for children category, please remember to add which age group your story is for.

This week

This week should see two features on Platinum Page published! Watch out for Writer's News, and New Writing North!

Here we go!

Sunday, 28 February 2010


With only four hours to go, it looks like the winning subject for the first special edition of Platinum Page is going to be... Letters!

Who will you write to? A family member, a newspaper, a friend, a stranger, a vicar, a councillor? Is your letter one of love, sadness, complaint, happy, news?

Lets have those letters sent to me at the usual email address, or by snail mail.

Happy writing!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

New Writing North

I have had an email this morning from Liv at New Writing North. She will try to mention Platinum Page in the next New Writing North newsletter, which will be out on the 5th March.

Great news!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Freelance Market News

Details of Platinum Page will be going into the April edition of the Freelance Market News.

This is more excellent news, and I'm looking forward to the response that I get from all of this exposure.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

La Scala short story competition

Equine/countryside is the theme for this short story competition. Word count is up to 2,000, closing date is 15th May 2010, and the fee to enter is £5.00. The total prize pot is worth over £1,000.

For further details, please go to:

Monday, 15 February 2010

Pen names

I'm interested in why people use pen names. Do you have a pen name? If so, why? How did you decide on your chosen name?

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Interesting poll!

Thank you to everyone who is voting in the poll! Letters seems to be the favorite choice at the moment :)

Keep the votes coming in... but in the meantime...
Send me your letters!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Writers News Update

The article on Platinum Page will be in the April issue, which goes on sale on the 4th of March.


Thursday, 11 February 2010

Hexham Courant Update

The feature on Platinum Page will not appear until next week. A little disappointing, so I'll just have to take Northumberland by storm next week instead.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Another comment

I received my copy yesterday and was delighted to see that one of my poems, The Winds of Winter Blew Their Blast, had been included. It´s always a thrill to see your work published, and even more so in a creative writing magazine as you are conscious that the quality of what you have written has been deemed good enough to be read by your peers. I am certain that Platinum Page will continue to grow and find its foothold in a niche market and more writers discover a magazine where they can be given opoportunities to improve their writing skills. Vivienne has done a a brilliant job in launching the magazine in these difficult times and each issue is better than the last, and I feel very proud to be in at the start of something special. Well done vivienne, you deserve all the praise you have received in this blog site. A huge hug from Spain :-)

David Urion.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Writers Groups

Writers Groups all over the North East should be opening letters tomorrow morning, from me, telling them all about Platinum Page.

I'm looking forward to seeing the interest I've generated!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

A nice surprise

I have just read a poem that the writer said was from inspiration from the photograph that I took which is at the bottom of my blog.

How lovely to think I inspired it!

Thank you Ray.

A Comment

Dear Vivienne
I received your Magazine Saturday enjoyed all the stories and poems the cover photos terrific my grand daughter said they have the wow factor I would love to walk through the woods you could possibly see deer if you are quiet

By R.J. Newcastle

Friday, 5 February 2010

In the pipeline...

Thinking ahead, to having a special edition coming out, I've been thinking of different themes to have for the first one...

Poems, very popular with a lot of people - including me
Stories for Children, might be good for grandparents, parents and childminders
Letters, Dear... sounds interesting - who is the letter to and why?
Shopping, my favorite hobby
Memoirs, something you'll always remember - or something you wish you could forget...

If anyone has anything suitable for any of these, please send them to me and I'll start files off.

When I have enough submissions, I'll bring out a 'special'!

Post Office

I have the third edition in hand... I will be posting it out this morning. Hope everyone enjoys it :)

Happy reading!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Hexham Courant newspaper

I have just finished speaking to a reporter from the Hexham Courant, who is going to do a feature on Platinum Page in next week's edition! The newspaper photographer is coming out tomorrow to 'shoot' me! The feature will not only be in the newspaper, but also on the Hexham Courant web-site, in the local section of Prudhoe.

Very exciting!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Writers News

I'm delighted to say that the Writers News are planning to doing a feature article on Platinum Page in their next publication. How very exciting! I will post more information as it follows...

Proof Copy

I'm pleased to say, I have seen the proof copy of the third edition of Platinum Page, and it's looking great! Can't wait to get the copies and post them out!

Friday, 29 January 2010

3rd Edition

The Feb/March issue is now safely in the hands of my printer. Should be ready for collection next Friday - if not before!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Hints of Feb/March

Steve Taylor kicks off Platinum Page with his very funny account of becoming a first time dad in Fatherhood. The food cravings, the panic, and helping out at childbirth classes...

Fatal Bedtime Drink, a tale of a lost book, a letter, and love. It could be nothing else but a case of 2+2=5...

Number One - Make List, is a fabulous story about a lady who takes charge of everything and relies on lists. A very poignant story.

The Green Door of Time. If you could meet anyone at all in the history of the world, who would you choose? For one man, the choice was easy.

With Intent. A story with a sensational twist at the end. A celebratory cruise is the setting for Maggie and Ian...

William Spring and the Dukes Agent. Let's hear it for the underdog! When the situation seems dire, a little bit of thinking and a lot of hard work, saves the day!

Face the Music and Dance, continuing the serial with Peter. Peter is in hospital when he receives an unexpected visitor, with a shocking proposal.

A visit to the World Trade Centre, comes next, and a rather unfortunate event with a bottle of aftershave...

The magazine ends with three poems, all very different styles, and all very descriptive.

Happy Reading!

Issue 3, Feb/March

I'm all set to go to the printer's on Friday morning. Pages checked, punctuation checked, covers decided upon. The photograph on the front cover of this issue is part of a walk to the castle in Prudhoe. The photograph on the back cover, is a scene in Flam, Norway.

There are a couple of new writer's in this issue, which is exciting not only for me, but also for them!

Subscription details are also included in the magazine which I hope you will all find useful.

Friday, 22 January 2010


As an alternative to subscribing, Platinum Page is now available to buy from Claire's Newsagents, Haydon Bridge.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Hints of January

Stories in the January edition.

Taylor's Travels are true accounts of one man's dream to visit USA. He lands at JFK airport, excited, and with camera in hand, proceeds to take photographs of anything and everything he see's. From yellow cabs to signposts. It's only when the Manhattan skyline comes into sight that he realises he has no film in his camera...

Walking in the Cheviot Hills, A Writer's Dream shows us a different form of what we all dread... a writer's block...

Madame Le Blanc, a postmistress, does a whole lot more than simply stamp letters and weigh parcels. She believes in keeping things in the family... until it's time to move on.

Pet Day at school is about a puppy that was re-homed from a rescue centre. After a tough beginning, he has finally found a loving home, and visits a local school to tell the children about his life.

The Adventures of Molly Poppie and Erin, is written by a grandfather for his grand-daughter. The three little girls climb through a tree trunk and find themselves in a land of cukcoo clouds and lollipop trees.

Digging for Victory, a tale about allotment holders up against a luxury home builder. Disgruntled men, an unexploded bomb, and a slice of Betty's prize winning chocolate sponge are deliciously arranged!

Face the Music and Dance, Platinum Page's very own serial, finds Peter Shakespeare getting his girl, but ends with horrific consequences.

Sprinkled over two pages are poems which have been generously shared with us.

I send an enoormous thank you to all of the contributors, and look forward to getting edition 3 printed.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Influences in writing

I'm working on my first, and rather brilliant, novel, and have based Dinah on myself - unwittingly at first - but now she is becoming more and more like me. She has some of my little 'quirks' one being that she has a tendancy to babble on... another is her obsession with everything being in date/colour/etc order whether its the books on the bookcases or the clothes in her wardrobe or the lotions and potions in the bathroom.

I wonder if other writers base characters on themselves...?

Thursday, 14 January 2010


I've just discovered, one of the contributors to Platinum Page is 72. My youngest writer is 15. For some reason beyond me, I'm quite fascinated by this, though I'm not sure why! I consider myself lucky to have writers from one end of the scale to the other :)

(while I, am about half way inbetween...)

It just shows, you don't have to be a certain age to write. All you need is the passion.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Copies posted

I have been to the printers, picked up the magazine, and posted copies out. They should be winging their way to all parts of the UK, and Spain as I type.

It's all very exciting!

Saturday, 9 January 2010


I am currently looking for advertisers who would like to appear in Platinum Page. If anyone has an advert they would like to place, please email me!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Second Edition

The second edition has just gone to print!

Better start working on the third...

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Magazine Covers

I've decided that it's quite hard to decide what to put on the front cover each month. Some sort of landscape? A smiley face? Are these writing related? No, I don't think they are. But I can't think of what is. At the moment.

An inspired poem

Dear Vivienne
inspiration from your blog picture
A Camera’s Eye View

Looking into a picture, starting from top left
The crows nests in the tree tops, gray sky’s causing silhouettes.

Following down the left hand edge, bare branches topped with snow
Tree trunks for all of us to see, as black as any crow.

Houses nestled in the woodland, roofs and chimneys tall
The evergreen of the fir trees, masking most, but not them all.

Let the eye drop down the river bank, small bushes all aglow
Standing proudly in the ground, topped off with winter snow.

The shallow water still and silent, bed rocks sticking through
Dark reflections of the trees, and individual branches too.

Suddenly a burst of light, of sunshine and of blue
Reflected in the river Tyne, intended just for you.

Feel that inspiration, as you stare in fascination
I’m glad you took your camera, and captured this creation

Ray Johnson.
looking forward to the mag best wishes