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- Michael Clarke on Virtual Graduation Ceremony — I’m Now Officially an MA!
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- Writers on Location – André Alexis on Toronto November 25, 2015
- Guest Author – Catherine Simpson on Writing a woman in crisis November 18, 2015
- Guest Author – Beth Miller, the Accidental Psychological Thriller Writer November 11, 2015
- The only "rules" of writing are your rules. But you need to decide what they are. November 24, 2015
- You will never annoy anyone if you present a manuscript like this November 13, 2015
- Zombie nouns and aggressive passives: kill that "office-speak" November 4, 2015
- Which are your favourite books of 2015? November 28, 2015 Guardian readers
- Flash fiction: The Adjunct November 27, 2015 Michael McGrath
- Sports book of the year brings ray of sunshine to the William Hill prize November 27, 2015 John Dugdale
- Long gestation for a Dirty Rat October 6, 2015
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I caught the start of one of those property p*rn TV programmes yesterday. A pair of high-flying lawyers wanted to move out of their flat overlooking St. Paul’s to live a life of bucolic bliss in the New Forest. While … Continue reading
I remember when J.K. Rowling’s cover was blown as also being crime author Robert Galbraith when one critic who’d actually reviewed the book at the time it was published, in apparent ignorance of the author’s true identity, remarked that the … Continue reading
The Angel is partly set in an outwardly idyllic English country pub — thatched roof, low beams, flagstoned floors and looking out through its mullioned windows on to the village green with its cricket pitch and duck pond. It’s a … Continue reading
Look to the sidebar on the right and see an exciting development — something that this blog’s been missing that I’ve now hopefully remedied. It’s a ‘follow this blog’ mailing list. To be alerted whenever a new post is added … Continue reading
While â€˜unbelievableâ€™ seemed to be the word applied an unbelievable number of times to British sporting achievements, â€˜bonkersâ€™ seems theÂ most appropriate description to apply to the cultural and social impact of the Olympics â€“ especially after that closing ceremony. … Continue reading
The last post dwelt on art at the celebrity and ‘major gallery spaces’ level Â (asÂ Time OutÂ describes them). But my novel is about an artist trying to make a living, someone who doesn’t have the reputation of Picasso or Hirst nor … Continue reading
Anyone who read the post from a couple of weeks ago ‘Out of the Chaos â€” A Manuscript’Â might be wondering, in the style of a minor cliffhanger, what wasÂ the verdict on the 174,000 words that I believed I’d pieced together … Continue reading
I wandered into Waterstone’s in Staines (of past Ali G fame) a couple of weeks ago and was magnetically drawn to a book called Pub Walks in Underhill Country byÂ Nat Segnit, which had the good fortune for a debut novel, … Continue reading
…because it was inhabited by a family of them. The Metro today plus the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail have a story featuring Little Kimble station, which I can see across the fields out of our back windows. A family … Continue reading
There’s an interesting post by Richard Lea on the Guardian books blog about Philip Pullman’s recently reported comments about the growing use of the present tense in novels — reflected by half the Man Booker shortlist being written in the … Continue reading
City financial wizard and cookery TV show contestant James puts his ex-employerâ€™s ‘Dealing Positively with Negativity’ training course into practice by sinking his redundancy money into transforming his run-down Chilterns village local into a gastropub. But was it a smart … Continue reading
I was looking up online MAs in Creative Writing and came across this — worth reading as some aspects seem quite true to life.
I would guess anyone who doesn’t ask themselves this during the course of writing a novel is not going to produce a very good one. What’s probably not such a good idea is to include this angst in comments accompanying … Continue reading
Last Wednesday, as mentioned in a previous post below we had a visit from a real-life commissioning editor — Francesca Main from Simon and Schuster. I think I’d been expecting a visitor from ‘an editor’ so was quite awestruck when … Continue reading
I bought a copy of the latest Magma poetry magazine when I was in London last week. Its cover article was ‘Favourite Erotic Poetry’. I was interested to see how I poem I took along to the March meeting of … Continue reading
We had to take along a published poem (by someone else) to Metroland Poets last night on the theme of ‘Poems to Read Aloud’. There was a very varied and entertaining selection ranging from ballads by Walter Scott to Edwin … Continue reading
I’ve added an RSS link to The Guardian’s Book Blog site. I was looking at this site earlier today and there are plenty of interesting articles referenced from the blog — not just the latest three that pop up in … Continue reading
I was hoping to write something brand new for the reading in the class on Saturday but got a bit bogged down. I’m still hoping to write something on the new novel, even if it is a collection of fragments, … Continue reading
Just watched another old episode of ‘The Book Show’. This one had an interview with Man Booker prize winning author, John Banville. He was asked aboutÂ a literary character that intrigued him and he chose Cheeta from ‘Me Cheeta’ — which … Continue reading