BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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So, the theory is that I don’t HAVE to read anything ever again…because I’m going to die

Over at Literary Hub, Emily Temple has worked out how many books you are likely to read before you die – combining life expectancy tables and working on the basis … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 6 Comments

Grief, Ignorance and Slowly becoming a Writer – Viet Thanh Nguyen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…I learned about grief as I worked on that damned short story collection. I did not know what I was doing, and what I also did not know, facing my … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Looking at yourself – Inspiring Art for Writers

I hadn’t heard of Joan Semmel before I came across this painting and I can’t help feeling that is a failing on my part. Wikipedia tells me she is an … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 10 Comments

Write on Brighton Beach – my confidence-boosting 4 week course

When I say on I don’t mean we will be sitting on fat sand (ok, pebbles) or deckchairs. We will be in a small, but perfectly formed, gallery facing out … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Difference between a novelist and a writer of picture books…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Baileys Prize Shortlist – who the authors are and where they’ve come from…

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist of six – announced this week –  come from three continents, four countries and five publishers. Here they are (and Granta must be feeling … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Creative Changes – Inspiring art for Writers

Two pictures for the price of one this week – both by the same man, Victor Pasmore; both representing very different ways of seeing. The one above is called Irish … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Win Your Way to the Oldest Residential Writers’ School in the World*

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School will be celebrating its 69th anniversary at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire in August. You can win a free place** by entering the Swanwick writing competition for: … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 6 Comments