I’ve just dug up this little report, written in 2013 as part of my final submission after the Guardian/University of East Anglia Certificate course on the Novel. I thought that rather than deleting it I would share it, since it may be of interest or use to others. My novel ‘Timed Out’ has been accepted […]

It was an honour to attend the Annual Ladies Lecture and Lunch at the Glaziers Hall as a guest of the Master’s Lady, Suzanne Galloway, whom I’d met in another life as a fellow student in Oxford’s Continuing Education Department. The lecture, entitled ‘Tales from The Women’s Library at the London School of Economics’ was […]

Originally posted on thelittlesummerofthequince:
I was asked last month by Samantha Verant to write a short story for Valentine’s Day. Samantha published her book, Seven Letters From Paris last year. My story is a true one and you can find it here http://www.samanthaverant.com/2015/02/early-on-cold-st-valentines-day-true.html “The rose is a rose and was always a rose”

Special event at Blackwell’s: a workshop by that excellent writer and teacher Richard Skinner, Head of Fiction at the Faber Academy. We began with a mini story-telling task relating the events of our Sunday. (Mine was singularly event-free.) He had us cut our words and twist our paragraphs around and for most of us that  […]

‘Timed Out’, my first novel, now has a publisher, Driven Press.  And ‘Makeover‘, my second, has gone for a manuscript assessment with The Oxford Editors along with a list of issues that are bothering me. For example: Are the two alternating points of view/’voices’ clearly differentiated or will I be accused of head-hopping? I have […]

Imagine a beautiful woman on killer heels standing unsteadily under a lamp post in a dark street.  She’s got lost on the way to what may be the most important engagement of her life. It is six fifteen on a July evening in Oxford, England. See what I mean about a really nice bit of […]

‘As you write you can’t escape all the literature you have loved.’ This was one of many wise reflections from Ian McEwan this evening. Another couple of points that struck me particularly: the importance of people’s jobs, so often neglected in novels and yet key to fleshing out  character; and the pleasures of the short  […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 239 other followers