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Dream Job?

Just seen this advert and it set me thinking… Editor, Poetry Review, The Poetry Society £30k-£33k pro rata, 2 days per week Published by the Poetry Society since 1912, Poetry … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

8 reasons why a Writer should join twitter. On the shortest day of the year a celebration of writing short

I know writers and readers who embrace every kind of social media but still can’t stand the thought of twitter. I wrote this two years ago on another blog and … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 10 Comments

FOUR things you should put in a covering letter to an agent or publisher and FOUR things you probably shouldn’t

It’s not hard to find advice for would-be/could-be novelists on how to write a synopsis of their manuscript, but there’s less attention paid to the first writing sample that the … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Beautiful Blogger – that’s me! Seven things you didn’t know you wanted to know

Vikki over at The View Outside nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award which was really nice of her – thank you so much! I’m new to all this but … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

The difference between fiction and non fiction

Over on  The View Outside Vikki’s written about a recent research session at the Faber Academy where novelist and Guardian writer Susie Steiner gave a pretty good definition of the … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 9 Comments

Spam comments have suddenly got a lot more interesting

What’s going on? Is a new creative intelligence at work in the spam factories? This is how they used to be (up until last Friday): Nice weblog over here! I’ll … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

When would you write for free?

Homespun Theatre Company is looking for new fairy stories for a fundraising eBook. This is an international opportunity… and a non paying one. What do you get if you have  … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 7 Comments


October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

I recognise that computer and the chair and the…

October 21, 2012 · Leave a 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

Which books scare a scary writer?

I am very lucky. In every issue of creative writing magazine WHAT THE DICKENS I invite a guest writer to recommend eight books that they have read, re-read and would … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ever written a one star Amazon review?

Ever been so riled by a book you just had to let the world know?  Over at The New Yorker writer Bob Odenkirk reckons it’s the best way of making … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

What you should be reading if you want to write (answer: anything)

Last Saturday (September 22nd 2012) The Guardian devoted a long feature to the art of creative non fiction, canvassing the opinion of many writers who have made their mark in … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The importance of adult education: “It is never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot

I BELIEVE passionately that the classroom can be a gateway to the things in life that give it meaning and depth and balance. When I say classroom I’m thinking of … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · Leave a comment