Beverley Ward writes for adults, children and young people. She is the founder of the Sheffield Young Writers project and has worked extensively as a writer in the community with a wide range of client groups.
In 2012 she won a Northern Writers Award for her young adult novel, Straight on Till Morning and she is currently working on a romantic novel for adults.
Beverley is the facilitator, coach and the Writing Curator of the Writer's Hub at at Kurious Arts, (at Castle House - where Kommune is).
Beverley also writes commissioned books on specific issues for charities. She lives at Nether Edge Bar with her two children and when she's not writing or looking after them she enjoys being in the countryside, swimming and dancing.
Three weeks after the book launch For Archie Nolan, her mother died of cancer and twelve weeks after this, her new partner, Blacksmith Paul died suddenly and traumatically.
As a natural reaction, Beverley turned to writing to support her through the years that followed, posting her poems and reflections on grief on a blog which became Swimming through Clouds. Through writing the blog, Beverley helped herself to come to terms with loss and also found herself helping other people who had experienced bereavement. The blog has been read 150,000 times and has lead to the author writing on grief for The Huffington Post. The book of the blog, Dear Blacksmith is now out: see below.
Archie Nolan: Family Detective - A funny, illustrated story for 8-12yr olds.
Science geek Archie Nolan tries to keep a low profile, but when his class are told to research their family tree, he is terrified twin sister and school swot Jemima is going to reveal that they are donor conceived. Archie’s in turmoil. The only person who understands is his donor conceived friend Cameron, but he seems to have unearthed a village vampire…..and Archie's far more interested in investigating that!
Open Archie’s secret diary and join him and his friends on an action-packed adventure to find out what family really means.
Part love story, part grief memoir, Dear Blacksmith recounts the author’s brief and unconventional love affair with 'Blacksmith Paul', a maverick who lived out on the moors in the Peak District – and the heart-rending details of her grief after his sudden death, just eight months into their relationship.
Adapted from the much-loved blog Swimming Through Clouds, the story charts a complex journey from the depths of sorrow to the beginnings of recovery, this book is a work of extraordinary sincerity; and ultimately, a hard-earned testament to the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.