Let’s talk

 I’m coming up for air… …now that the Nottingham Festival of Words is over for this year. It was a great project to be involved in, and I think I only became mildly deranged as the week went on. Others may disagree, and it’s probably best not to ask my family. I believe even more [...]

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A long overdue update letter

I have been very quiet on here in recent weeks but it’s not because nothing is happening. In fact, it is completely the opposite. This is an interim solution – the newsletter will get going again regularly soon but in the meantime, here’s a letter/post to update and say hello. My main project over the [...]

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Summer thoughts

Summer space I awake to the sound of flip flops swishing through long grass, unseen but very close by. Lying still, wondering if I can put off the moment when I really do need to go to the toilet, I listen. A cockerel crows in the distance. A child cries and is hushed by sleepy [...]

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Nottingham Festival of Words blog-hop

  Nottingham Festival of Words Nottingham is holding its second Festival of Words in October this year. It will be a celebration of the spoken and written word, as well as a key part of the city’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Only Norwich and Edinburgh hold that title in the UK [...]

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Having fun with Bolder and Wiser at Lowdham

Playing to a packed house. Well, packed Scout tent. I was so pleased to be included in the recent Lowdham Book Festival programme. In these circumstances, I usually set the bar quite low for myself so that success is easier to come by – a handful of people getting out of the rain counts. So [...]

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Writers’ process blogging tour

It probably says something about my own writing process that this has taken me so long to do! I was asked by Tim Gray, following his post here in a blog hop that has been circling around for a long time – but I suspect its perennial appeal is down to the timeless relevance of its [...]

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The exams are over…

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” Mark Twain We won’t be the only family who has been in the thick of exams and tests this summer – but we have had something of a perfect storm in having two teenagers sitting A levels and one sitting GCSE’s. I can now announce, [...]

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The Big Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged in a blog hop – the first one I’ve taken part in – that was started by Susie Orman Schnall, author of On Grace. You can read the original post here It’s the 40th Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop, and the premise is that the blogger is going to a friend’s fortieth [...]

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Nottingham Festival of Words

There’s a fork in the road as you head west across America. The signpost points to Oregon in one direction and on the other a bag of gold hangs, temptation swinging in the breeze. The gold rush pioneers made their choice: a life of financial promise or a place where people read and write. So, [...]

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Greater than the sum of the parts

I’m back… … from the seaside. We walked from Portwrinkle in Cornwall to Salcombe in Devon, which included WADING through one estuary. Not exactly what I’d imagined (not having read the book properly before we went) so it was lucky that it was low tide half way through the afternoon. The weather was remarkably glorious, [...]

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