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William Faulkner on what a writer would sacrifice for a good poem — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

The artist’s only responsibility is his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one…. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Artifacts awaken memories and inspire poetry

Originally posted on Ann Perrin:
As a poet, I am always interested in how memory can be an inspiration for one’s writing. On our recent visit to Rudyard Kipling’s house…

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

The August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. Some writers need the adrenaline of a closing date hovering above their computer to kickstart their writing…. but if  … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Reading like a Writer: mental health in popular fiction

This is  my Goodreads review of Sarah Rayner’s latest novel Another Night, Another Day. She is already a bestselling novelist, probably most famous for One Moment One Morning, a story … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jack Kerouac on born writers…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes_

Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 9 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An international prize for unpublished novelists

I’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists.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 · 6 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

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