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CREATIVE RAGBAG OF NEWS AND IDEAS…A new book after 15 years…A new library…A new blog feature

A NEW NOVEL Fifteen years after the publication of the massive bestseller (massive in size and sales) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  Susanna Clarke is bringing out her second novel … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the American election

A high-level study has come to the conclusion that Harry Potter fans won’t be voting for Donald Trump today. The Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (a non-partisan … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 4 Comments

7 Literary One Hit Wonders

Originally posted on Guy Portman's Blog:
This week sees the latest instalment in my famous author series. Last week’s post, 7 Famous Authors Who Died Poor, proved to be…

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

How non-fiction writers can win a publishing deal

I’m often asked to write reviews and rarely agree. I said yes to The Nonfiction Book Proposal Demystified because Wow! Women in Writing – an American e-zine – offered me … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why Talking Was Invented (maybe)

On Fridays I am returning to some of my favourite posts from the past. To paraphrase BBC radio: this is your chance to read again… This comes from April 2013 … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
The other night I was watching The Rewrite, in which a Hollywood scriptwriter reluctantly becomes a writing teacher. In the early part of the…

February 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

Seven books that convinced me making up stories was a fine thing to do….

On Fridays I am returning to some of my favourite posts from the past. To paraphrase BBC radio: this is your chance to read again… Alice in Wonderland and Through … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

LITERARY SNOBBERY and the harm it does…

Scottish writer SARA SHERIDAN argues that literary snobbery is a destructive and divisive force. She defines it as a prevailing attitude that prefers male authors to female, sees war as … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

A brutally honest book log – January 2015

I’m not sure if I will keep this up all year, but I’ve wanted to keep a record of what I’ve been reading for some time. Why brutally honest? Because … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

More literary insults…and this time it’s personal

A harsh review got an equally harsh retort this week, not from the author (authors are always told to keep quiet about bad reviews), but a clearly angry man who … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 7 Comments

Silent Monks Singing the Hallelujah Chorus – Happy Christmas Everyone

This will put a smile on your face if there isn’t one there already… Performed by a Public High School in America – wish I knew which school and where … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was no such thing as books for boys…or princesses…or pink

I recently wrote about a Barbie book that should never have seen the light of day and now I’ve heard about a young girl in California who has managed to … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Christmas tension mounting? Here’s a book that will help without mentioning turkeys or stuffing (although family does crop up quite often))

Think of Making Friends with Anxiety as an early Christmas present to yourself. Written  by international bestselling author Sarah Rayner, it oozes compassion without a hint of patronising  superiority or … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Is there anything wrong with writing ‘for free’?

Originally posted on Sue Moorcroft blog:
£ I write for money. $ Writing, and all the stuff I do connected with writing (teaching, judging, speaking, appraising) is how I earn…

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment