BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS by a creative writing adviser including the one that saves her from 3am dark thoughts

The books that made Marcia Humphries, the National Creative Writing Adviser for U3A. The University of the Third Age is a UK-wide movement formed over 30 years ago which brings … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why we need litrature – Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life. Ursula K. Le Guin

October 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

One million self-published print books in 2017

It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

Three things are important if you want to write, says Madeleine L’Engle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 7 Comments

MY BOOKS by an author who met his hero and wrote a book about it, and believes that the DNB is never, ever wrong

Born in England in 1964, James Christie graduated from college with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

“…remember how much we love the mere act of putting words on the page…” Lee Martin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In every workshop I teach, I pass along a single piece of writing advice. It comes from Isak Dinesen who encouraged writers to, “Write a little every day, without hope, … Continue reading

October 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS by an Australian teacher who believes The Hulk is one of the classic tragic characters of modern literature

Glen Donaldson is a Year 3 Australian school teacher who lists his three favourite words as (1) bugbear (2) Pollyanna and (3) shenanigator. Glen owns two Dobsonian telescopes – one … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Why we can all read Chekhov and learn from him, says Francine prose QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You can pick up a volume of Chekhov’s stories and open it anywhere, and, no matter how well or poorly the Russian has been translated, you will probably have a … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 5 Comments

MY BOOKS by the co-founder of an indy press, celebrating the launch of his company’s second novel

My name is Sean Campbell and I am the co-founder and editor at époque press. We established a new independent publishing house in order to support authors in getting the … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

So, you’ve never earned a penny from your writing? Anne Lamott has some words of comfort QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 5 Comments

MY BOOKS by a poet who was once a puppeteer, artist and teacher and her one unfulfilled Parisian ambition

I am a poet now but have been a puppeteer, journalist,  artist,  teacher, tutor, mother, carer and therapist. I am a keen gardener and have a tiny allotment. I stared … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

September Competitions, Jobs and Opportunities for Writers

COMPETITIONS Grindstone International Poetry Prize – worldwide Grand Prize: £500 Runner Up: £50 Shortlist: Publication Line Limit: 40 Theme: Open Entry Fee: £10.00 Grindstone International Short Story Prize – Grand … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Resist the urge to do housework, says Pat Barker. QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Keep your bum glued to the chair. It’s extraordinary how, if a piece of writing is going badly—and sometimes even when it’s going well—other activities become steadily more attractive. Not … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · 13 Comments

MY BOOKS by an author who would love to see his own novels burnt and never ever re-reads…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

I have been writing crime as PD Viner (www.pdviner.com) and have two novels; The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (see Bridget’s review at the bottom of this post) and Summer … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment