for writers and readers….

Is this the next big thing? Another publishing company is looking for teen and YA fiction ebooks

I see that Bloomsbury Spark – a digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing (aka as J.K.Rowling’s publisher) is looking for teen, young adult and new adult fiction from new and established … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE NEXT BIG THING and should I tell you about it?

THE NEXT BIG THING is an author’s Work In Progress project  from SheWrites. I didn’t know about either the event or the online community for women writers until AKAndrew dropped me … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 6 Comments

There are SOME things Mrs Finnegan will not discuss – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper intends to KEEP her standards HIGH

Mrs Finnegan, celebrated authority AND housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE has her reputation for probity and scrupulousness to MAINTAIN. Mortified that’s what I am, but more than that: my husband Arthur … Continue reading

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Do you know someone starting school next week?

Starting school is  probably one of the biggest changes we have to deal with and it’s not just about getting used to new routines, people and surroundings (although at five … Continue reading

September 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nobel Prize for Literature – the next best thing to a short list and Bob Dylan’s on it

As I explained in a post back in May the organisers do not reveal the writers who make the short list for each year’s Nobel Prize so the bookies have … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

You could be the next Doctor Who…but is that really a good idea?

I’m not talking about the BBC Christmas 2013 Special when the 12th doctor will be revealed. The route to being this Doctor is much simpler – no acting school or … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s the worst thing a student could do in a creative writing class?

 I came across Cathy Dreyer humorous example of epistolary fiction in the summer when I discovered her blog Write a Novel In 10 Minutes Flat (a title that has its … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

Did you know that book covers can come to life?

Well, that’s probably not technically accurate. I think the correct phrase is: featured interactive augmented reality experiences All I know is that if you use the Blippar smartphone application on … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 4 Comments


The word cyberpunk was first used as the title of a short story about teenager hackers  in 1980; you can read it here The science fiction genre was developed by … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

The books that UK publishers want to commission in 2013

Here’s a tour of what 23 leading fiction editors say they want to land on their desk in 2013. This is just a summary – You can read the article … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 7 Comments

What’s a Mother to do? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper has the answer…

Mrs Finnegan, the CELEBRATED Housekeeper at The Regency Town House, wishes it to be KNOWN that she is able to offer discrete advice to those who WISH to remain hidden … Continue reading

October 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Beware – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper is in a Fighting Mood

Mrs Finnegan, the long-suffering Housekeeper at The Regency Town House in Brighton and Hove, is famous for her imperturbable temperament. However, readers’ letters can sometimes INFLAME the passions of EVEN … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Love, Secrets and Annoying Nits – more problems for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Another week, another bulging mail bag for Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House. ALL enquiries, observations and ANGUISHED APPEALS for help get an answer. It may not be … Continue reading

August 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Are you One of the Wishing Sisters? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper can’t help wondering…

Mrs Finnegan – the celebrated housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE – advises on love, life and (for one day only) parrots My name is Polly and I’m a housemaid.Amongst my duties … Continue reading

August 10, 2021 · Leave a comment