Category Archives: West Midlands

May The Force Be With You

This was supposed to be written and posted yesterday but I’m afraid I didn’t manage it because I had to watch the BBC programme about stress last night, instead (go figure, as they say). Who was it – Douglas Adams, … Continue reading

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Feeling Peaky – and a confession!

No, I’m not ill! I was in the Peak District last weekend (sun! No rain!) and just couldn’t resist the cheesy pun as my header. And talking of food, I had to have one of these while I was there. … Continue reading

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First Post of 2017

So, here we are in 2017. Happy New Year to you all! I realised that my last post was a bit miserable when someone called me ‘Scrooge’ in a text, so this is going to be more upbeat, I promise! … Continue reading

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I Finally Go On Another ‘Artist’s Date’ (to Aldi)

One of my writing resolutions for this year was to go on an Artist’s Date every month but until last week I had failed completely. Then I had cause to go to Evesham (nothing glamorous – car to the garage), … Continue reading

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Time For A Sex Change

Ha, yes, it’s a cheap trick but now that I’ve got your attention.. On Friday night I had a most enjoyable time, listening to writer S J Watson ‘in conversation’ as part of Warwick Words Xtra events. ‘SJ’, as you … Continue reading

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‘Anyone For Swanwick?’ Win A Place!

I started this post a few days ago and it went like this: I am writing this deep in the heart of rural Shropshire, where we have rented a (gorgeous!) cottage for a few nights. Just time for a quick … Continue reading

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Titles Matter

One thing I’m always telling my students – especially my Writers Bureau poetry students, is that ‘titles matter’. I think it’s particularly important if you want to catch the judge’s eye in a competition and/or if you’re writing poetry. There’s … Continue reading

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