Muse, News and Views

On first being published…James M Barry QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes

For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded. … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Win a place on Iceland’s 2017 Writing Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat are running a free writing competition with a great prize – a place for one person at their retreat in April 2017.  The retreats have been running … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Major publisher is reaching out to emerging writers in the regions of the UK usually ignored

Are you an unpublished writer: ficton or non-fiction? Do you have a story to tell about the region, city, town or village you call home ? Weidenfeld & Nicolson (part … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

Forgeting and remembering: light and dark, says Scottish historian and thinker Thomas Carlyle. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Oblivion is the dark page, whereon Memory writes her light-beam characters, and makes them legible; were it all light nothing could be read there, any more than if it were … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize, but he’s been on the short list for years

I am delighted that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. Shock has been expressed by some and it’s the first time the award has gone to … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · 4 Comments

Write a poem for children about kings and queens

The Emma Press is looking for poems about British and Irish kings and queens, for a new anthology aimed at children aged 8+. The book will be called The Head … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Salvador Dali’s precise definition of a cliche QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. Salvador Dali

October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Granta Literary Magazine welcomes unsolicited submissions for 2016 and 2017

Granta calls itself the magazine for new writing but that simple description doesn’t do it justice. One of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever had was a subscription so I … Continue reading

October 6, 2016 · 4 Comments

“Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded…” Susan Sontag QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded or resisted in order to assume its present shape. Alternatives to the plot ought to be felt … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

International Spine-chilling short story competition

The Creative Competitor – an author service organisation – have been running writing competitions for over five years. This month they want something scary in 1000 words or less (and … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

“…a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy…” E.B. White QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

Feeling jaded? Take a 15 minute Samuel Beckett break

If you are wondering why you bother, why you even try to choose words that maybe someone else might want to read or hear someday; or pick up a paintbrush … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

“I don’t think writer’s block actually exists…” Philipp Meyer QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brilliant residency opportunity for writers with a head for heights

Maison de L’Ecriture, Montricher. Photo © Claudine Garcia This is a writing opportunity that is the epitome of cool… A Swiss Foundation is offering writers the chance to live and … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · 6 Comments