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Inspiring pictures for Writers – portrait of mother and child

Warning: this is a heartbreak of a painting. It turns on its head the usual image of a mother and child; here it’s the child offering comfort and protection. It … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – diving into fable and fantasy

Not into fantasy? Don’t write it; don’t read it? I understand and could say the same except…except it’s good to get out of the comfortable niche we create for ourselves. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

If you’ve earned more than £300 from a short story don’t read on….

Seriously, don’t. Nottingham Writers Club Short Story Competition is not for you. It’s for anyone who’s thought: I don’t stand a chance because only experienced writers will win. Nottingham Writers … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: Norman Cornish – the miner’s artist

A quick five minute exercise: describe this scene, put in sounds – the children aren’t crossing in silence – and colour. Add tiny details: a button hanging by a thread, … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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