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On writing

The term creative writing is new for many and sounds like it could be a clever but possibly dodgy kind of literature. Feelings of uncertainty creep into the conscious mind along with visions of suited professionals scratching their scalps as they practice creative accounting. Well,...

Crime novelist Emma Flint was the keynote speaker at ‘How to get Published’, a one-day conference held in London on 16 November 2018. Emma talked about the essential skills required to get a reader’s attention. You have to hook a reader with the first chapter...

After every high tide the sea dumps seaweed and debris on the beach; known as the strandline it is a constantly changing landscape. Jean Sprackland is more widely known as a poet and this book is her first foray into non fiction. In an interview with...

Six authors* shared their experience of travel writing with an audience of one hundred and twenty people in London on Saturday 6 October 2018. The ‘Travel Writing Study Day’ took place in the comfortable Knowledge Centre Theatre, a state-of-the-art meeting venue annexed to the British...

Kate Watson-Smyth is known by thousands, perhaps millions, as the woman who is mad about the house. A journalist writing for the masses Kate offers advice that is genuine and down-to-earth. I met Kate in 2014, we were invited to an upholstery workshop run by...

The 16 September 2018 is a  milestone; it was the first exhibition of my writing and the first reading of my work. Earlier in the year, it was the tail end of June, the impulse to apply for a residency with Caroline Salem took hold and I'm very...

Some of my closest friends visibly shuddered when I told them I was hoping to spend time in a crypt. Stephen’s eyes flickered like a dodgy light fitting as he repeatedly asked,  ‘But what would you do down there?’  I wasn’t really sure. It was more a...

I belong to a circle of Open University creative writers, Louise Wilford is an online friend and mainstay character in the group. When I discovered this piece in her repertoire I thought I’d share. It changes the pace in my Journal, slowing the reader for...

Rachel Lichtenstein writes with clarity and depth about her subject. Well researched and impeccably structured Estuary; out from London to the sea imparts a myriad of facts about the people and landscapes of the Thames estuary. It starts and finishes with accounts of a boat...

While researching the history of wallpaper manufacture I learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls...