for writers and readers….

Humour is an essential part of writing – Maeve Higgins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Comedy belongs in every piece of writing — humour is not a dodge or a distraction or a cheap trick, it’s an essential part of being alive, and as such, … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

A day in Brighton…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and festival goers)

May is festival time in my adopted home town of Brighton  – every year we host the second largest arts festival in the northern hemisphere (and the third largest in … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

How do I win the battle of the keyboard? Advice from cat-owning writers needed

Murphy is my new flatmate and we get on very well but one for thing…he thinks the keyboard is his natural home. It is a place to stretch and show  … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 29 Comments

International humour competition

In honour of the man beloved by quotation compilers, Mark Twain House and Musuem are running the third annual writing competition. You don’t have to write in the style of … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 19 Comments

International Humour Writing competition in honour of Mark Twain

Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand  — Mark Twain This is the second annual competition organised to raise funds for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut USA … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

How Poetry is Made

So, that’s how it is done… A wonderful new year card from Pighog, the award winning independent publishers.

January 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Brighton Writing Weekend Sitcom for TV and Radio

There’s a two day weekend course running in Brighton very soon that I  recommend wholeheartedly. Sue Teddern has an impressive track record in both television and radio scriptwriting. Among her … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The last ever Monday creative writing exercise. WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

This is the very last Monday creative writing exercise so I thought I’d go out with a smile. (I’ll explain why I’m dropping this feature in another post today .) … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Hurry! Sketches wanted for a new BBC radio comedy

2525 is a  new Radio 4 audience sketch show set 500 years in the future. Alongside a commissioned writing team, the BBC is inviting non-commissioned writers to send in their … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

News flash! Six months until you can enter this international writing competition – but you may need the time

I only became aware of Erma Bombeck a couple of years ago and I regret that I never read any of her newspaper columns. She must, though, be a very … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week HUMOUR

Ambrose Bierce was an American writer and journalist who disappeared in 1913 when reporting on the Mexican Rebellion. Famous for his sardonic wit, probably his most famous work is THE … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment