Manx born Judith has been composing stories since childhood. First plays for her toys, then a play at school, performed with classmates when she was ten. In her teens, when the Beatles were singing ‘Love me do,’ she was taking a secretarial course. She found touch-typing inspirational –no need to look at the keys. Wow! Marriage and the fun of small children followed before an eventual move to the country where, with three offspring at school each day she had ample time to write. Submissions were regular and as regularly rejected. After an Open University Arts Foundation Course she focused on short stories, of a comical, quirky nature and soon acceptance became the norm. Her children grew, and flew, life changed, she worked in a library, read voraciously between stamping books. Moving to the south of the island she applied for a post with Manx National Heritage as a medieval castle guide. This position was a revelation, immense stone walls imbued with memories of past lives; a place of contrast, frequently noisy with school and coach parties yet as silent as a grave at the start and end of day. Now retired, Judith still writes…with optimism.
Two collections of Manx based short stories by Judith C Davis ‘Climbing to Cregneash’ and ‘Rattling to Ramsey, are available as e-books from Amazon.co.uk.
Fenella Kelly, widow, artist and guest house owner, faces eviction; her mortgage is about to expire. Her mother Marjorie wishes she would accept Charles Peake’s offer for Bayview, so that they can all move on… Especially incontinent, wheelchair bound Grandmother Norah, who should be in a care home.
So why won’t Fenella agree?
After all, Tom is moving to the other side of the island and Marjorie has a flat overlooking the Mooragh Park and lake. Marjorie resents spending time at Bayview, a place too steeped in memories. While Fenella remains stubbornly resistant to selling, she has in fact been questioning her humdrum life. Painting tourist scenes and catering for greedy guests is all very well, but celibacy is dreary, whilst the unexpected return of Peter Quilliam to the island has stirred dormant desires.
While Fenella daydreams, Marjorie seethes, until an unexpected guest comes to stay.
Nothing will be the same again.
Born on an island infused with myth and folklore, where the state of the sea dictates ferry travel, and where frequent invasions of TT motorcycles delight and deafen – Judith C Davis is proudly Manx. She is a prolific short story writer of humorous and romantic fiction