Even writing the title of this blog made me cringe. In a world where it seems like everything is being ‘actioned’ and ‘goal-centred,’ surely our art is the one place … Continue reading Should You Treat Your Creative Stuff Like a Business?
As someone who mostly dabbles in words, it’s rare that I make an Actual Thing I can pick up and hold. I’ve been feeling rather unproductive this week and was … Continue reading Making Things Perfect
I was recently lucky enough to work with the lovely Alexandra Sheppard. She was one of the wonderful writers who worked with the young people on my community writing project, … Continue reading Modernising Myths with Alexandra Sheppard and Oh My Gods
Like many people, I’ve been dipping into more fantastical novels of late. With the same four walls staring down at us all the time, it’s nice to escape into a … Continue reading Women in Dystopias with Rebecca Ley and Sweet Fruit, Sour Land
Now I’m immersing myself more into the social media of booksville (it’s a great place, the Twitter is much nicer) I keep coming across great writers and lovely people. One … Continue reading Opening Up About Mental Health – Anna Vaught on Saving Lucia
At the moment, I’m between Big Projects. The printed first draft of my memoir sits ominously on my desk, awaiting judgement in the form of multicoloured pen scribbles. My novel … Continue reading What is a Waste of Talent?
I’m not sure if a summary of 2020 is a good idea. Besides, Charlie Brooker’s show and Flo and Joan’s song sum it up far better than I could. So … Continue reading Your Most Popular Posts of 2020
Liz Champion is a writer, teacher, and communications specialist from Yorkshire. She writes a Slice of Life blog about the highs and lows of her everyday life. Her first book, … Continue reading Guest Post: Liz Champion and Writing ‘Slice of Life’
I recently enjoyed ‘The String Games‘ by Gail Aldwin. Personally, I think it’s better to go into a book ‘blind,’ so I had no expectations. Right from the off I … Continue reading Siblings, Structure and Pandas with Gail Aldwin
Fear has been getting the better of me lately. I’ve been trying to pin down whether it’s caused by a general sense that anyone would get when starting out with … Continue reading Talking to Fear and Curiosity
Hailed by The Bookseller as ‘One to Watch’, Jane Davis is the author of nine thought-provoking novels. In her most recent novel we encounter an actress, a duchess and a hostess, … Continue reading High Society, Glamour and Poverty Collide In Jane Davis’ Novel ‘At The Stroke of Nine O’ Clock ‘
There’s something strange about expectations. I find that positive ones are far worse than negative. Let me explain. If I’m worried about teaching a tricky class, making an awkward phone … Continue reading Playing For Ideas