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Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the essence of a Mediterranean day

Hard to believe that a simple study of such an ordinary subject can capture the warmth of a Mediterranean day…It’s by the American painter John Singer Sargent and the staircase … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: CHRISTMAS DAY

I made a rod for my own back when I decided to post an ‘inspirational’ picture for Christmas Day. After 10 minutes of research I was determined not to post … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t know if it has a title, but I would be tempted to call it Trolly Rage. Is that what it feels like at the moment? Or are you … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Half Price until midnight – my own mini Black Friday

Amazon have put the paperback edition of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL into their Black Friday sale but only for a few hours. It’s £3 until midnight instead of the … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 6 Comments

Inspiring pictures for writers – breakfast by Bertha Leonard

I love the detail of the table (what’s going on with the sugar bowl?) and the background. At first sight it seems to be a conventional domestic interior until you … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

On this day: the publication of Black Beauty

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
1877 first edition cover. X Black Beauty, a novel by English author Anna Sewell, was first published on the 24th of November, 1877.…

November 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

“…a child’s discovery of his or her voice must be one of the most extraordinary of life’s moments…” Leonard Bernstein QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Though I can’t prove it, deep in my heart I know that every person is born with the love of learning. Without exception. Every infant studies its toes and fingers, … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The #Halloween Legacy of Ireland’s Witches

Originally posted on aliisaacstoryteller:
It’s a popular enduring image of Halloween. How many little girls will be donning black, and a wide-brimmed pointy hat, painting their faces green, and gluing…

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Wanted: a topical Jewish play from UK writer

Matthew Frener (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Free Rayne Artists) and Michaela Stern (Co-Founder of Collaborative Artists) are looking for new full length plays that tackle topical issues and which … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Forgeting and remembering: light and dark, says Scottish historian and thinker Thomas Carlyle. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Oblivion is the dark page, whereon Memory writes her light-beam characters, and makes them legible; were it all light nothing could be read there, any more than if it were … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize, but he’s been on the short list for years

I am delighted that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. Shock has been expressed by some and it’s the first time the award has gone to … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · 4 Comments

Write a poem for children about kings and queens

The Emma Press is looking for poems about British and Irish kings and queens, for a new anthology aimed at children aged 8+. The book will be called The Head … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Salvador Dali’s precise definition of a cliche QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. Salvador Dali

October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Granta Literary Magazine welcomes unsolicited submissions for 2016 and 2017

Granta calls itself the magazine for new writing but that simple description doesn’t do it justice. One of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever had was a subscription so I … Continue reading

October 6, 2016 · 4 Comments