Lyn Towers



I am a retired librarian living in Harrogate with my husband Jim, and our dog, Beth. I have always had a love of books and writing and my other main interests are fell running and walking the dog. I always took life for granted until August 1992, when I was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary after collapsing with a brain haemorrhage, and being told by a doctor that I would never walk to the end of the street never mind run again. Luckily I made a full recovery but his words still stay with me every time I run. I now live life to the full and each day is such a joy just to be here. Therefore, to write and run is an exceptional privilege to me, which I will never again take for granted. I will always feel tremendous gratitude towards the consultant neurologist and doctor who helped me back to full and complete health with balloon embolisation, which then was a groundbreaking operation.

Since retirement I have had more time to develop my writing and have recently completed an on-line certificate of Creative Writing through York University. This introduced me to different disciplines of writing, which I hope to continue to pursue in the future.

  • SAM: Listen to your dad love. He knows.
    Extract from ‘Dave’s Murder Mile’ by Lyn Towers
  • ALBERT: (Clears his throat) Testing, testing, one two, three, testing. This is Albert higginbottom addressing the nation. (Sings) I left my heart, in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me…
    Extract from ‘Albert’ by Janice Sampson
  • DARCY: I’m Darcy, and I’m sure that’s a charming little tale but maybe we could save it for another time or for someone who’s actually interested in the banalities of your life.
    Extract from ‘Followers’ by Ruby Clarke
  • CHARLIE: Don’t panic. I won’t be sleeping much either. I suppose you could say I’m in here because of William Shakespeare – and a woman.
    Extract from ‘King of the Castles’ by Frank Hill
  • TARIQ: Oi! Stop being disrespectful! Just because you speak ‘English’ so properly - you can’t speak Punjabi so good though do you, eh?
    Extract from ‘When George Came to Bradford by Nuzhat Ali
  • Aged 21 she gave in and tried it becoming addicted within weeks. It was in fashion, everybody did it
    Extract from ‘The Smoking Companion’ by Joleen White
  • The emphasis is the song ‘Abrokyire Abrabo’ what it meant to the band – their peerage and what it means to them now
    ‘High Life ‘ by Joseph-Israel