Former reflexologist hosts book launch for her new novel

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A north Northumberland author will be reading from her writings and her newly-published novel at an event next weekend.

Tricia Coxon, who grew up in Alnmouth and now lives on Ford and Etal Estates, recently published Sing Jess, Sing, which was inspired by the story of Antonio Vivaldi’s choir of abandoned girls at the Pieta in Venice.

It tells the story of Jess, a young woman from Newcastle, who has survived a childhood of cruelty and abuse.

Jess can sing. Singing is the only connection she has to the feelings she has inside. With gritty determination and little knowledge of the world beyond the physical structures that surround her, Jess sets off on a bus to find the Pieta.

Her journey becomes a quest, her destination a shrine and with the love of a good man and the wisdom of some unconventional women, Jess finds her real connection in the world.

Tricia Coxon is a retired reflexologist and in 2006 she published a book about her experiences as a reflexologist – Footpaths, an Odyssey around Reflexology in a Rural Community.

Last year, she collaborated with an artist friend on Harmonic Happenings: Little Musings on Life in Words and Pictures.

She has also completed a novel on the lives and memories of six women on a stroke ward in the North East.

The event at Lady Waterford Hall, Ford, is on Saturday, July 12, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Admission free.