The Joy of the Last Sentence

The Joy of the Last Sentence

Yes, joy! Because that is where for the last six months I’ve been heading with the story of Hades and Persephone. There is nothing like the feeling of being able to say THE END, even though there are weeks of editing, cutting, rewriting, reducing to come. Yesterday the final sentence before plunging out into the …

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Writers Need a Support System

Writers Need a Support System

Last week I had the pleasure of supporting an old writing friend of mine at the book-launch of her first novel. It was particularly satisfying because many years ago I was part of a small group of writers – four of us – in which she, Kath Morgan, first began work on her novel The …

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The Problem of Getting Published – A Rant!

The Problem of Getting Published – A Rant!

For those who aren’t writers and still in the lovely rosy world of ‘you write a book, find an agent and get published, surely?’ this is an eye-opener on the new world of writing. Book-publishing has changed enormously. Many publishers are now only interested in the kind of books that you’ll find in Asda, Sainsburys …

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An Excerpt from ‘The Courage Game’

An Excerpt from ‘The Courage Game’

This is an excerpt from The Courage Game, the moment where Gladys is involved in the mass window-breaking in central London organized by Christabel Pankhurst. I approached cautiously, dodging vehicles – far more vans and smart cars than were yet evident in Birmingham. The vehicles screened me from view, so that I was able to …

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No More – A Poem

No More – A Poem

I have been obsessed with mythology, particularly Greek mythology which was what I was brought up with, since I was a child. To prove it, here is a poem, written when I was sixteen, in the sixth-form of my boarding-school. No More No more are the mud-hut kings and queensIn their hovelled hound-bitten warsGaping chariots …

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An Excerpt from ‘Hades, Loneliest of the Gods’

An Excerpt from ‘Hades, Loneliest of the Gods’

This is the episode where Hades actually kidnaps Persephone… He saw her some while ago in the meadow with friends and she is as fascinated by him as if he were a new breed of wild animal she has discovered. Having lived alone in the Underworld for centuries, with only the dead for company, his …

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Review of Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: A BBC Radio 3 Proms Concert – Sunday 27th August at The Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Review of Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: A BBC Radio 3 Proms Concert – Sunday 27th August at The Hall For Cornwall, Truro

The three composers played in this inspiring concert all had one thing in common: they all suffered tragically early deaths in their thirties. It felt right that the musicians were all youthful too. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective is comparatively young having been formed six years ago by Tom Poster and his wife Elena Urioste, who …

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The Weight of Waiting

The Weight of Waiting

I’m on a roll at the moment with it looking likely that I’ll finish the next book, on Hades and Persephone perhaps even by the end of this month. Then comes the long wait and all those crossed fingers that someone will take it on and publish it. The writing is always the best bit. …

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The Courage Game the play

The Courage Game the play

I have been asked to write a play version of the book and the idea has both intrigued me and made me feel that I’m in danger of becoming a one-horse wonder. What will happen to The Lonely God [the story of Hades and Persephone] and Oh, Caroline, the book about Caroline Herschel astronomer, both …

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