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

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

BRIGHTON’S REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER says NO to two readers (perhaps it’s the mood she’s in)

This week Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House and agony aunt to the masses, replies to a poet and an over eager dancer. She also finds solace in housework … Continue reading

January 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Brighton Regency Housekeeper’s Christmas Diary

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House, announces that this is not the Post Christmas message she intended to write. But then she didn’t have the kind of Christmas she expected … Continue reading

December 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

ACTORS, BUNIONS and the arrival of SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED Advice from the Brighton housekeeper from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan INVITES ALL TO WRITE TO HER FOR ADVICE – NO CHARGE IS MADE – NOT EVEN A FARTHINGAll relies are grammatically correct and written in well-crafted copperplate Theatre … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

BALL GOWNS and the LACING OF CORSETS – ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority on affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT in addition to being housekeeper of The Regency Town House. TODAY she adds cutting edge FASHION ADVICE … Continue reading

October 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mrs Finnegan gives everyone the Napoleon Hello! and suggests you do the same. Advice from the Brighton housekeeper from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan dispenses advice and uses her YEARS of experience to answer queries whilst also engaged in ONEROUS housekeeping duties at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE… Wretched at remembering names, I often … Continue reading

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment