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Inspiring Pictures for Writers – create a compelling character

What does his voice sound like? What does he say he wants? What does he really want? What doesn’t he want anyone else to know about him? This outstanding self-portrait … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Poets: learn, share and celebrate at the Anglo-Portuguese Festival

Building Bridges Through Poetry April 27th -May 3rd 2017 Something very special… Experienced and pioneering poets are invited to join Casa dos Poetas  for a week-long series of poetry workshops, readings, … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

…Writing is showbusiness for shy people…Lee Child QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 7 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the essence of a Mediterranean day

Hard to believe that a simple study of such an ordinary subject can capture the warmth of a Mediterranean day…It’s by the American painter John Singer Sargent and the staircase … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

What artists have to do in times of trouble – Toni Morrison QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Anne McGill’s atmospheric world

I don’t know the Northern Ireland artist Anne McGill but I have a print of one of works on my living room wall and every time I look at it … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Get paid to write in Paris …sweet dreams are made of this…

The American Library in Paris is offering English- speaking writers of any nationality the opportunity to work in Paris for a month or longer with a Visiting Fellowship. Writers should … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Even in Space there’s a Double Standard …quotes from Carrie Fisher

Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

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The next issue will be sent out on Sunday January 1st and it contains more news, opportunities and writing exercises than ever before. I only send it out three or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for writers – a glorious townscape at sunset

This by Ian Scott Massie who began painting professionally while a student in Durham in the 1970s. He often combines watercolour with unlikely materials such as Indian ink and wax. … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: BOXING DAY *

Another painting by the Dutch artist Marius van Dokkum (see the Eve of Christmas Eve). This time he has captured the essence of a family gathering…. *Also known as St … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laughter and Good Humour are Contagious – Charles Dickens QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: CHRISTMAS DAY

I made a rod for my own back when I decided to post an ‘inspirational’ picture for Christmas Day. After 10 minutes of research I was determined not to post … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for Writers over the holidays: CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t have to say anything, do I? An image to get your synapses snapping if you’re not cooking tomorrow…if you are, just store it away for another time. Adrian … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment