Gwen Kirkwood has been a member of the Romantic Novelists Association for many years and in 2000 the committee resurrected the Elizabeth Goudge trophy to celebrate the Millennium. It was judged by Richard Lee of the Historical Novelists' Association. Winning it provided the catalyst which started her writing again. Since then she has had eleven more farming sagas published and two Lynn Granger Romances. She is presently preparing and uploading her earlier novels to the internet ready for the E-reader revolution.
Kirkwood is technically retired from farming but her family keeps her on her toes and up to date - her son farming and family on one side of her, and her daughter's ice cream parlour on the other and four younger grandchildren bobbing in and out.