for writers and readers….

For 24 hours only BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL will be free

Next Monday December 2nd my new ebook is free to download.* Word of mouth still sells more books than anything else which I find heartening, but before someone can recommend … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 4 Comments


From the archives – as I am in the middle of assignment season. I wrote this post in November 2010 and November  seems the right month for ghost stories. Here … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

Getting pigeon-holed by Dragons – TERRY PRATCHETT Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

How to make a tired woman very happy…

Two very nice things happened at the end of a long day. First a five star* review of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL from a creative writing lecturer who wrote … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 10 Comments

Why I wanted to throw a warm-hearted feel-good book across the room

It’s unfair to call THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY a bad book because it has a compelling story line and is an easy read – which I … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Isabel Allende on why English is the best language for writers

I try to write beautifully, but accessibly. In the romance languages, Spanish, French, Italian, there’s a flowery way of saying things that does not exist in English. My husband says … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Authors for Philippines

Authors are running online auction to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It ends on Wednesday November 20th The typhoon that slammed into the Philippines on November … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment


Short Stops is a new – very new – website dedicated to the short storyin the UK and Ireland. It officially opens on Sunday November 17th but it is already … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Is a mystery box-shaped? Could you write one?

Margery Allingham was an English crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring  Albert Campion a sleuth who appears to be an upper class silly ass but in reality … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 1 Comment


30 exercises 33,000 words An ebook you can download to your phone, your Ipad, your laptop, your PC…using this free app from Amazon HERE (and it is a doddle to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 15 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) writers and icebergs

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows… The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Up for grabs – £30,00 bursary to launch your creative career

Ideas Tap and Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are awarding five £30,000 bursaries to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. In addition to the bursary, winners are also paired … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

What I’m doing today…and if you’re Royal Tunbridge Wells come and say hi….

I will be at a POP UP bookshop at the Royal Victoria Shopping Mall. More than books – experts will be on hand to offer advice on creative writing and … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The last place you may want to read my kindle ebook is on a kindle

Back to CREATIVE WRITING School was launched as a Kindle ebook at the beginning of November, but you don’t need a Kindle to read it. You can download a free … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · 4 Comments