Monthly Archives: June 2012

Choc-Lit Short Story Competition – And Giveaway Winner!

First things first, to announce the winner of my giveaway. 18 kind people put fingers to keyboard and revealed the sources of their writing ideas – and very interesting reading they made too! I didn’t have time to comment on … Continue reading

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Calderdale Short Story Competition

I’m going to enter the Calderdale Short Story competition – mainly because it’s being judged by Louise Doughty and I think she’s great, as you know. The closing date’s 6th July, so there’s still a bit of time, if you’re … Continue reading

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‘Life-Writes’ – Book Giveaway

I have acquired 2 copies of the same book – ‘Life-Writes’ by Suzanne Ruthven, so I’m giving one of them away. The author is the editor of New Writer magazine, she’s a tutor and has written over 20 books, so … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey

What a kerfuffle there is at the moment about that rude book, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’! Have you read it? One of my friends has told me not to bother (“it’s a load of rubbish”), another couldn’t put it down … Continue reading

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Competitions from The Writers Bureau

Those nice people at The Writers Bureau are running their usual monthly free competition and this time you could win one of their poetry correspondence courses. Guess who you’re likely to get as your tutor if you win this one? … Continue reading

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Why do I blog?

Because it’s fun; because it ‘encourages’ me to write; because it’s a creative process and I’m a creative person (something I didn’t realise until I went on a ‘start your blog’ course and a light went on in my previously-dim … Continue reading

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Away To Bonny Scotland

I am off to Scotland tomorrow for a few days (yes, there are benches on every mountain and around every loch, so you can whip out your book and have a wee read. Most civilised). Here’s a little something to … Continue reading

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Are ‘Writing Groups’ A Good Idea?

I’ve have roused myself from my writing stupor by: 1) Joining the local library. We marched in today 10 minutes before they closed and announced,“We’ve come to join!” I bet the librarian loved us. But, to be fair, she whisked … Continue reading

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Birmingham Poet Laureate, Anyone?

The winner of my recent book giveaway is Clair Chaytors and she’s chosen the novel, Jubilee as her prize. Well done Clair, your book will be with you, courtesy of Amazon, in the next few days. And just in case … Continue reading

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Jubilee Lines – And a Book Giveaway!

It’s the start of the Jubilee weekend and I make no excuses for going all patriotic. In fact, given the time it’s taken me to find a blog header that wasn’t (too) blurry or copyrighted, this new design may have … Continue reading

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