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A book worth buying and a charity worth supporting

I’m not making any excuses. This post is a brazen plug for a book that has just been published on Amazon. it is the work of 17 authors and is … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 8 Comments

Inspiring writers’ retreats

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
1. Henry Williamson’s self-built sanctuary Oxford Cross (Grade II), Georgeham, Devon For many writers, the ambiance in which they work matters.  Recently listed, this writing hut…

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

An international prize for unpublished novelists with a Scottish Flavour

I’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists. The Caledonian Novel Award 2015 is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and from … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

Kate Atkinson on recycling your writing – quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I usually start writing a novel that I then abandon. When I say abandon, I don’t think any writer ever abandons anything that they regard as even a half-good sentence. … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Back to normal – sort of

I’ve been rather quiet over the last few weeks. A lot of things had to take priority over this blog and one of them was a five-day summer school at City … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

This is the stuff of writing: George Elliot…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

A list of the most influential books written by women – how many have you read? Any favourites missing and have they all earned their place…?

Here’s  The top 20 most influential book written by a woman as voted by the public on twitter (must admit I missed that campaign) with To Kill a Mockingbird at … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

Bloomsbury to bring “Dublin’s Trainspotting” to the masses

Originally posted on Irish Writing Blog:
Debut novelist Rob Doyle is the latest young Irish writer to have made the independent-to-major-publishing-house route to success, with Bloomsbury securing rights for his…

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Free for July only – a novel set during the miners’ strike

This year we remember the centenary of World War I war, but there are other wars this country has fought, many with itself, and 30 years ago the miners’ strike … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

poetry makes the private world public…Allen Ginsberg Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m not a poet, but I’ve read enough bad poetry to recognise what poets shouldn’t do…

I’m not a poet. In fact, one of the exercises in my guide to creative writing* is called the I-don’t-want-to-right-a-poem poetry exercise. The fact that I’m not a poet makes … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Is there anything wrong with writing ‘for free’?

Originally posted on Sue Moorcroft writes:
£ I write for money. $ Writing, and all the stuff I do connected with writing (teaching, judging, speaking, appraising) is how I earn…

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

GHOSTS, ALIENS AND EMOTIONAL PLANT LIFE Guest Post: The Route to Publication with Sharon Zink

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to Sharon Zink, author of WELCOME TO SHARONVILLE,  a novel set in ‘anywhere-ville’ USA. The inhabitants of SHARONVILLE are forced to re-examine … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sue Townsend on the sex appeal of books — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments
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