Category Archives: Novels

Sources of Inspiration: Atwood, Shakespeare (and cats?)

I went to see one of my favourite authors, Margaret Atwood, on Saturday in Stratford (and, thank the Lord, I managed not to cough). She’s inspiring for several reasons, not least because she’s clever and funny and at 76 she’s … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments (200 years apart)

I am recovering from my visit to Fishguard! Writers Holiday is fabulous but it’s a pretty ‘full on’ five days and the first thing I did when got home was…. go to sleep for two hours! Tee hee. I can’t … Continue reading

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Festival Frenzy & A Bubble Burst!

This time last week, as you may remember, I was panicking about getting ready for the Evesham Festival of Words Book Quiz, which my friend Chris and I were running. It was not without its heart-stopping moments in the run-up. … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction – ‘First Chapter Writing Competition’

Whoops, where’s the time gone? Easter has passed in a blur of chocolate and as I write, there are small signs of spring out there (washing on the line and some weedy streaks of what might actually be sunshine). Here’s … Continue reading

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Bringing Out The Animal In Me…?!

I read a short story last week in which the main character snarled – not just once, but twice – and no, she wasn’t a werewolf or a dog: it was a person doing the snarling (an annoyed person, admittedly). … Continue reading

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I ❤ Deadlines!

Just look at that fancy header! (It took me ages to work out how to add that heart). Last Friday, 30th October, was a date I’d had firmly fixed in my head and in my diary for several weeks. It … Continue reading

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Jojo Moyes, The Shard.. and I spot a STAR!

I whizzed back to Cheltenham for the last day of the festival last Sunday (but not alone this time, so I can’t count it as an ‘artist’s date’!), to see an interview with novelist Jojo Moyes. If you don’t ‘know’ … Continue reading

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