for writers and readers….

Legends of the Burren

I visited the Burren many years ago – it’s an extraordinary landscape and Ali Isaac has captured both the beauty and the stories that lie just under the surface. Cromwell’s … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The writer’s style – Robert Frost: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward. Robert Frost

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do we hate short stories in the UK?

You would be forgiven for thinking that’s true because very, very few collections are published by British publishers. But hold, I hear you say: I like reading short stories…(you did … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Graham Greene on why short stories are perfect and novels aren’t – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

International humour competition

In honour of the man beloved by quotation compilers, Mark Twain House and Musuem are running the third annual writing competition. You don’t have to write in the style of … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 19 Comments

Jane Eyre and the Legendary Gytrash

Originally posted on Mimi Matthews:
Snarling dog from Darwin’s Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, 1872.(Image Courtesy of The Wellcome Library, CC BY 4.0.) According to Charlotte Brontë’s 1847…

May 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Stephen King on the hardest things to put into words: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · 6 Comments

Short stories explode – novels smoke, says Paolo Bacigalupi Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

International short story competition

Le me be frank, the prizes on offer in the Willesden Herald short story competition won’t raise your blood pressure. 1st prize is a one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed “The … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 17 Comments

Elizabeth Goudge on what to read in times of trouble QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and readers)

In times of storm and tempest, of indecision and desolation, a book already known and loved makes better reading than something new and untried … nothing is so warming and … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · 2 Comments