Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Quiz Time!

My creative writing class met for the last time before Christmas last week and I compiled a little ‘literary’ quiz (14 questions) to get us in the mood for the festive season. I wouldn’t like you to miss out, so here … Continue reading

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Christmas Quiz Answers

Here are the answers: The theme for National Poetry Day in 2010 was ‘Home’.  If you’d like to read some of the poems that were written for the occasion, click here.  2. Adverbs.  The usual advice with adverbs is: use … Continue reading

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Mini Shopaholic – No Mini Read!

I’ve just read ‘Mini Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella. Not great literature, I admit, but a really enjoyable and relaxing read. Most important of all – it made me laugh. Any author who can do that gets my vote. It’s very … Continue reading

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Win Book Tokens!

If you’re a resident of the UK or Eire, you might be interested to know that ‘National Book Tokens’ are offering 5 x £100 of book tokens to winners of their prize draw which ends on 4th January 2011. All … Continue reading

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Can You Write ‘Blurb’?

There’s a writing competition on a new website I’ve come across: http://www.wannabeawriter.co.uk to win an invite to a ‘literary lunch’ (it’s the same competition that’s featured in one of the books I’m giving away  – so even if you don’t … Continue reading

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Costa Book Awards – Shortlist Announced

If you’re looking for some great Christmas reading – or you want to buy books as presents – why not get some inspiration from the Costa Book Awards shortlist, which has recently been announced?   The Costa Book Awards (which, … Continue reading

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New Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special – Story

I have a story in the latest issue of ‘Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special’ (out now!)  If you want to have a flick through in ‘Smiths (if my Mum’s left any on the shelves), it’s on page 62 and it’s called … Continue reading

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