I was delighted, this week, to receive a lovely review of Love Until it Hurts from book blogger Callie Hill. Callie is a voracious reader with an eclectic taste ranging from thrillers to classics to contemporary fiction. Currently she is studying for an English Literature degree and working on her debut novel, a psychological thriller.…Details
Books are like passports. They take us wherever we want to travel. The destination may be a land, real or imagined; it could be a different time zone, historical or futuristic; or it may just be another emotion, leaving us uplifted or reflective when we finish the last page. Stories allow us to escape, to…Details
Do the names Mary Westmacott or Clive Hamilton sound familiar to you? Would it surprise you to learn that both were best-selling authors? They are the pseudonyms, or pen-names, of Agatha Christie and C.S Lewis respectively. The reasons why some authors choose to write under pseudonyms are varied and fascinating, and formed the basis of…Details
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…Details
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!
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…Details
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