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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Words and walking

In conversation… Anyone who knows me will be very aware that I love a good conversation. Given that Bolder and Wiser is built on conversations, I was so pleased to be continuing those reflections through Q&A at Waterstones on Saturday evening, with Andrew Kells from Nottingham Writers’ Studio. And a glass or two of wine. [...]

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Doubt

 When in doubt…. ….do what? I have been in a period of doubt of late. There are glimmers of coming through it but I’m not out of the woods yet.  I wasn’t sure whether to write a post about this or not (doubt about doubt!). Sometimes, if I am feeling a little wobbly, people say [...]

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What gets me up in the morning – Jonathan Emmett, children’s author

Jonathan Emmett is the author of more than 50 children’s books and his work has been published in 25 languages. In addition to writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and The Santa Trap, he also designs pop-up books. You can find out more about Jonathan’s books at his web site [...]

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