Every picture tells a story

A painting, a landscape, a chance conversation; the inspiration for writing stories can come from many different sources. In a recent interview, the playwright Hannah Khalil explained how a photograph of Gertrude Bell, in the National Portrait Gallery, prompted her to write ‘A Museum in Baghdad,’ the play currently showing at the Swan Theatre in…

Writing Tip

Writing is a lonely business. By joining, or forming, a writers’ group you will find yourself in supportive company, with friends you can trust to give you honest, constructive feedback. A group is also a useful forum for sharing tips and being inspired by new ideas!

Cheltenham Literature Festival

October 2019 John Keats called it the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but, for me, autumn means the Cheltenham Literature Festival. This year it celebrated its seventieth anniversary, bringing together book-lovers, social commentators, entertainers, established authors and new writers to celebrate the written and spoken word. Over nine days I attended an eclectic range…