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Fifty Shades of The Artists’ and Writers’ Year Book

Every emerging writer is familiar with the Artists’ and Writers Yearbook. It holds dreams within its red and yellow covers and this week the 2014 Yearbook was launched Alongside lists … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

What IS on a school reading list…..? I found Pratchett and Adams and that the old reading lists have been ditched

Following on from yesterday’s post about what I would choose to go on a school reading list, I did a little internet research to find out what is actually on … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

What book would you put on a school reading list?

E.A.M Harris blogs about reading and writing and her latest post has set me thinking. She is in the middle of a 30 day book challenge that forces participants to … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 10 Comments

A Very British Blog Post (actually a Very Brighton Blog Post with a London Irish flavour)

Vikki Thompson over at The View Outside has invited readers to take part in this blog hop. You can read her post HERE which gives a very different take on … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Are woman writers less competitive than men…?

This is not a rant against men but there does seem to be a lot of women writers out there who – for want of a better word – are … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

A lesson in not taking anything for granted…

I wrote this post a couple of years ago when the American magazine POETS & WRITERS was celebrating its 40th birthday by publishing articles from its archive. I was intrigued … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

New Blog — Does it look OK? And if you’re a WordPress expert…help!

I moved from my old blogpost blog Connecting last August and bless you, the people who came with me. You can still see it here if you have mind. It … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Can you judge someone by the books on their shelves?

If I’m in someone’s house for the first time I can’t help but look at their book collection. My husband used to do it with records. It’s not so easy … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 9 Comments

Ever been rejected by an agent? This will make you feel better. Ever had a bad review? This will make you feel very good indeed

Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith is in the news a lot right now because of his controversial welfare reforms.  Among his severest critics are two archbishops and 43 bishops, all … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

The 31 best places to be if you love books

Go here to visit a photographic collection of 30 stunning book places from around the world (although books seem to be pretty thin on the ground at the library in … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Coming soon to a school near you: CREATIVE WRITING A LEVEL

At last creative writing is recognised as a serious subject, not as a bit of time wasting frippery… The ability to use language as an effective tool is an important … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

Happy St Patrick’s Day


March 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy St Bridget’s Day

Just discovered on that Brigid should be pronounced Brigg-id” or Bree-id but “almost never is”. Hmmm, so why the should be? When does a pronunciation move from standard to … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Why you SHOULD judge a book by its cover

Self or indy publishing offers a of lot of possibilities to writers, but there are many pitfalls too. A recent article on The Huffington Post explores the depths that the … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 2 Comments