for writers and readers….

Did you know that on this day 23 years ago Harry Potter was born

On June 30th 1990 J K Rowling first had an idea for a story about a young boy attending a school for wizards. She was on a delayed train journey … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes STEPHEN KING on why bad writing is good for you

What could be more encouraging to the struggling writer than to realize his/her work is unquestionably better than that of someone who actually got paid for his/her stuff? One learns … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Did you know that more photographs were taken….

….in 2012 than were taken in all the 150+years since photography was invented. Source: Hugh Laurie on BBC Radio Four Desert Island Discs photo credit: Martin Gommel via photopin cc … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · 2 Comments


Today is the beginning of Independent Booksellers Week – a national celebration across the country bringing together readers and writers, booksellers and book buyers. I know some people – even … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers SPOKEN WORD RECORDINGS

BBC Radio Four  commissions more radio drama than any other station in the world. It ranges from The Archers, an everyday story of country folk that is 62 years old … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writers going it alone together — a look at three publishing houses finding a third way in publishing

I was intrigued by a recent  article in The Guardian about the launch of Notting Hill Press, a new co-operative set up by a small group of authors who have … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Call for Poems: Holiday Poems Wanted (something’s gone badly wrong with my attempt to reblog…read on and bear with me!)

photo credit: Christos Tsoumplekas (Back again!) via photopin cc

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Did you know these LITERARY NAMES were invented by authors?

This post is really about the dangers of being seduced by research. It all started with a tiny snippet of irrelevant information on twitter telling me that a popular girl’s … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 11 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: ROMANCE

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your characters, what brings them together and what keeps them apart. All you have to do is write…but … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes DEBORAH MOGGACH on the best time to write

Discover the times when you’re most creative – mornings, nights, afternoons – and clear the time to work then. Many writers find the mornings are best, and the afternoons are … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

CREATIVE NONFICTION…Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Brevity is a free online quarterly journal for creative non fiction, and I love it for the quality of its writing. All articles and essays are 750 words or less … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. BREAKFAST with a twist

Your subject Breakfast this morning. Compare it with other breakfasts you’ve known: childhood breakfasts, breakfasts with lovers, breakfasts with children, breakfasts in greasy spoon cafes, in chic coffee houses, hung … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 9 Comments

Happy Bloomsday — quotes from JAMES JOYCE on Christopher Columbus and his own immortality

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America. I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — Hungry for fame? Need a quotable qualified news source? HARO: a service for journalists and anyone who wants publicity

HARO (Help A Reporter Out) is a web based service for reporters, feature writers and bloggers who need an expert or an interviewee for an article they are writing. Potential … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment