Monthly Archives: July 2011

Results of the Mini Saga Competition!

As promised, while I was at the Writers’ Holiday in Caerleon last week, my friend Chris and I judged the entries for the Mini Saga competition. Here’s a little ‘judges’ report’ just before I announce the winner and runner-up… Thank … Continue reading

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Love Writing!

I’ve bought Sue Moorcroft’s excellent book ‘Love Writing’ and I managed to stay awake for about five minutes last night to read a few pages. And then I woke up again at 5am and couldn’t get back to sleep! This … Continue reading

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Caerleon Calling..!

Well, as promised, here I am at Writers’ Holiday in Caerleon in sunny South Wales! I am feeling a bit ‘punch-drunk’, I must admit. I’m still reeling – and tired – from Saturday’s completely mad Poetry Relay (more about that … Continue reading

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The Great West Midlands Poetry Relay

I’ve been on the radio today – BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, to be exact – talking about an event I’m involved with tomorrow. It’s part of the Cultural Olympiad’s Open Weekend, during which over 1,000 events will be taking place … Continue reading

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‘Best’ Just Got Better – Short Story News

I’m happy to report a much-needed glimmer of hope for fiction in women’s magazines! The latest issue of Best (26th July, issue 29/11) – a magazine which dropped its fiction in favour of more of the dreaded ‘celebrity gossip’ pages … Continue reading

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Caerleon Writers’ Holiday – Only A Week To Go!

This time next week (all being well!), I’ll be at Caerleon for the annual writers’ holiday – ooh, I’m excited! I wrote about Caerleon earlier this year, so if you’re wondering what it’s all about, have a look here. My … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Musings…

It’s Saturday night and there’s nothing on the tele’! Why is that? We went to see the new Harry Potter film yesterday – we should have gone tonight instead! We’re going to see it again (in 3D this time) on … Continue reading

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Poetry, Pigs and ‘Premonitions’

Last night I was in Lichfield Cathedral to hear National Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, reading some of their poetry as part of the Lichfield Festival . I’ve never read any of … Continue reading

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Not Named – and Ashamed!

I have a few ‘writing successes’ to report (just in case you were wondering whether I actually ever wrote anything!) I have a story in the charity anthology 100 Stories for Queensland, which was put together to raise funds for … Continue reading

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Did You Have A Secret Wedding? – Writing Opportunity!

Sounds a bit like the title for a chick-lit novel, doesn’t it? Anyway, if you did have a secret wedding (I had a disastrous, very short-lived one, which I wish had been ‘secret’ – but that’s another story!)…then The Guardian … Continue reading

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