BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS and how I was saved by my sister and Dostoevsky…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Julie Drake – I am  retired and enjoying the many new (and old) things I now have time to do – particularly reading in bed in the morning! What’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Writing mentor opportunities in Ireland

Words Ireland is offering a minimum of 15 literature mentoring relationships to begin in September 2018. The fields covered are: – literary fiction, – creative non-fiction, – children’s / YA … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

The advantage of being an older writer – Susan Hill QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Getting old has advantages as well as disadvantages. it may mean that you are freed from obligations – work, bringing up children, looking after older relatives – that left you … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 6 Comments

MY BOOKS from Ladybird Fairy Tales to Plants for the Future…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Venetia Carter. I’ve written and self-published a book* and am now wondering if that is the one book that everyone has inside them or whether there’s anything else in … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

The difference between poetry and songwriting – Patti Smith QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

When I’m sitting down to write a poem I’m not thinking of anyone. I’m not thinking about how it will be received. I’m not thinking it will make people happy … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

People like you never get published? A major literary agency is trying to do something about it…

Literary agency David Higham Associates is to host an open day for writers who don’t have an an agent and come from underrepresented backgrounds – that includes LGBTQ+ writers, BAME, … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 4 Comments

MY BOOKS from Rebecca to an Alice Walker short story…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Laura Wilkinson. Laura is a feminist and lover of ginger hair. A resident of an unfashionable quarter of Brighton, she likes to write stories which entertain and provide food … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · 4 Comments

Monthly Creative Events, Opportunities & Jobs JULY 2018

This month: Flash Fiction Festival, Walking & Writing in Byron’s footsteps, fiction, non-fiction and poetry submissions, 10 Minute Plays, workshop leaders, theatre engagement, marketing intern, educational project leader. Locations: Bristol; … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Authors really only like one kind of character – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

For an author, the nice characters aren’t much fun. What you want are the screwed up characters. You know, the characters that are constantly wondering if what they are doing … Continue reading

July 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS from Winnie the Pooh to Nine Billion Names for God…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Pat Burt, retired graphologist. She now has a team of seeing eye cats to help and hinder her.  (Dictated to Bridget) What’s the first book you remember reading (or … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

We will never get unlimited time to write – Julia Cameron QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

We have a notion that we want to have vast stretches of unlimited time to write – and we never get them. We need to learn to write in the … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS from Asian Noir to the poetry of Graham Mort…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Sophie Jenkins. Sophie lives in north London and her novel The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is about memory and the enduring power of love. Twitter: @sophiejenkinsuk sophie@sophiejenkinsauthor.com  What’s the first … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leo Tolstoy on light and shadow QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. Leo Tolstoy

June 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS from Winnie the Pooh and World War II to Brain Surgery First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Josie Darling: specialist nurse, mum of four, swimmer, gardener, scribbler. Blog: https://plotpartners.blog What’s the first book you remember reading (or being read to you)? Zaralda and the ogre What’s … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 5 Comments