Creative Writing Course – Elements of Fiction

Lorraine Mace

Creative writing tutor and author, Lorraine Mace, will be running a series of workshops during 2014, starting with Elements of Fiction, details of which are set out below. Each course will be limited to ten students to ensure writers receive the necessary level of attention.

To book your place, visit the website or call: 951 278 729

Click here to view Lorraine’s writing and tutoring credentials.

Dates — February 24th to March 31st 2014

The course will cover a six-week period, consisting of two-hour workshops on Monday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30.


Each session will focus on a set topic, covering one of the essential elements required for writing fiction. Students will be given assignments to complete, which will be marked and returned prior to the next session. Understanding the various elements through practical application, together with the workshops, will gradually build towards a complete understanding of how to create stories with that ‘must read’ quality.


Week One: Discovering the essential elements of fiction

Week Two: Creating characters readers will care about

Week Three: Writing effective dialogue

Week Four: Use of settings and backstory

Week Five: Plotting, structure and theme

Week Six: Putting it all together

The final session will be followed by an optional end of course lunch. The owner of the venue has offered to put on a special menu at an advantageous rate.


The weekly sessions will be held at The Brasserie, Bahia Casares Golf Course, Casares Costa, 29690, Casares.

Click here for map and directions

Reservation and payment

Course fees: €135

Places are offered on a first come, first served basis and will only be guaranteed on receipt of a €35 deposit. The balance of fees must be paid by Friday 14th February.

To book your place, visit the website or call 951 278 729

Sabinillas-Casares Costa footbridge another step closer to becoming a reality

Rio Manilva

The footbridge over the Rio Manilva, connecting the promenades of Marina de Casares and Sabinillas has taken another step closer to fruition with the awarding of the contract to the construction company Instalaciones Vallejo S.L. who beat 30 other bidders to win the contract with a price of 131,812 euros, some 40% lower than the budget allowed for the project.

The company has 15 days to lodge a 10% bond with the Consorcio Qualifica, a provincial government department which funds projects of touristic importance on the Western Costa del Sol, which is funding 100% of the cost of the bridge, after which the project is scheduled for completion within three months.

Manilva to stage Canicross and Bikejoring races this February


Manilva’s Environment Department invites participants in its forthcoming Canicross and Bikejoring races to be held on Sunday 9 February from 9 am.

Canicross and Bikejoring are both sports in which the contestants compete along with their dog/s, Canicross involves the competitor running with up to two dogs tethered to their waists and running in front, Bikejoring is a similar sport but on a bike.

There will be two races, one for professionals and one in the Canicross discipline only which is open to anyone. The start and finish line is at the top of urbanisation Vizcaronda behind the golf course (see map below).

For more information or to enter contact 952 897 434.



Music from the Movies and Musicals charity show

Charity Poster

The Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George presents Music from the Movies and Musicals, an evening of live music at Meson El Molino in Sabinillas on Wednesday February 19 from 8 pm.

A fantastic lineup of the Coast’s finest artists, including Frank Skott, Antony Woolfson, Daniella, Mandy L, and the KP Band, will be providing the entertainment.
Tickets are just 15 euros per person which includes one beer, wine or soft drink and two tapas.

All the artists are donating their time and talent free of charge, with 100 % of the entry charge going to The Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George.

Tickets are on sale at El Molinos, Fathoms Bar, The Sabinillas Bookshop at The Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George’s new charity shop in Calle Duquesa de Arcos, Sabinillas.

Duquesa Charitable Society of Saint George’s Charity Shop opens in Sabinillas

Duquesa Charitable Society of St George Charity Shop

The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George has achieved one of its key objectives with the opening of its new charity shop in Sabinillas last Monday, January 20th.

The shop, which is situated in Calle Duquesa de Arcos, stocks a wide range of quality second hand items including clothes, shoes, accessories, books, small household items, etc.

The shop is managed and staffed by unpaid volunteers with all the income from the shop going to support good causes in the local community.

Initially the shop will be open from 10 am to 1.30 pm Monday to Saturday with plans to expand the opening hours in the near future.

The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George is a registered association which serves to provide a platform for fundraising to support local projects. One of the first of these was to provide almost 350 presents for the children of families identified by the local social services as being in economic difficulty.

For more information about the Charity please visit their website at where you can also find details of how you can help, or contact

Manilva welcomes its new parish priest

D. Francisco Javier Fernández Berruezo

The Mayoress of Manilva, has welcomed Manilva’s new parish priest, D. Francisco Javier Fernández Berruezo, who takes up the position following the departure of the controversial previous incumbent  Nicolás Timpu.

His arrival coincides with the completion of restoration works on Manilva’s Santa Ana church which is due to reopen following an inauguration ceremony on February 8.

Visit to Genalguacil


Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a trip to Genalguacil in the picturesque Genal Valley on Saturday, February 1.

Leaving Castillo de la Duquesa at 10 am you will visit Genalguacil’s museum and textile museum and tour the town’s unique art installations and statues after which there will be lunch in a local restaurant.

On the return journey there will be a stop off in Gaucin where you will have some free time to explore.

The bus returns around 5.30 pm.

Tickets are just 22 euros including lunch.

For more information or to book your place call 952 893 548.

Trip to Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Manilva’s Youth Department, headed by councillor Marcos Ruiz, has organised a trip to the Sierra Nevada from 6 to 9 March, 2014.

The price of 288 euros per person includes 3 nights’ bed, breakfast and evening meal at the Hotel Vita El Ciervo based on four persons sharing, four days lift pass, and four days ski equipment rental.

For a supplement of 38 euros you can hire snowboard equipment and there are ski or snowboard lessons available for groups of eight to ten people.

Please note this price does not include bus transport or travel insurance.

For more details contact Manilva’s Delegación de Juventud on 952 891 532.

Paul’s New Year’s Restaurantlution

By Paul Hickling

Roman Oasis

This year the Roman Oasis is going to open for two months only, namely July and August for lunch and dinner. Why? Although it has been wonderful, the restaurant has ruled my life for a third of a century and practically half my life so its time I turned the tables on it! So with that in mind we are going to open July and August but instead of opening just evenings as in the past we’ll open with a lunch menu as well so those people who ‘only do lunch’ can visit us too. Who knows we might even get in the Guinness Book Of Records for the only restaurant that can open for two months a year! Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday July 1st. For the opening night party! But in the mean time you’ll find me smelling the flowers.

Christmas window display contest winners

Christmas window display

Manilva’s Commerce Department has announced the winners of this year’s Christmas Window Display Competition which was open to shops and offices in the local area.

The winners, which were selected by an independent jury comprised of local artists and decorators, were:

Third place, winning a cheque for 100 euros was Aluminios Galu.
Second place, winning a cheque for 150 euros was Peluqueria Carmeli.
Whilst First place went to El Gallego, winning a cheque for 200 euros.