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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

For seven months I lived my life as if there was a pane of glass between myself and the rest of the world. Although I did share what feelings I had with those close to me, for the most part I didn’t really feel anything. I had closed down emotionally because that was the only way I could get through and still be strong for my son. I remember one day – I think I must have been losing my mind – when I started telling strangers on a train, travelling from Newcastle to Sheffield, that my son was in Afghanistan. I wanted to see the shock on their faces. To know that it was real – that what I was living wasn’t a myth.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Am I glad I got my short story collection published? Yes I am. Would I advise new and aspiring writers to put together a collection? Yes and no. Yes it is very satisfying to see all your stories within one cover but just remember – once those short stories are published you can’t use them anywhere else. Try first entering competitions or submitting to anthologies to get your name out there.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Since the time that Haiku were first translated from Japanese, there has been much discussion around what form they should take. For the sake of simplicity, I have taken the most widely known definition: A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables in total, in three lines containing five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. I try to write a Haiku a day. I find that when I go out for my daily walk I look at things differently in the knowledge that I will have to evoke an image I see in three short lines....

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Hope Valley is a place of great beauty set on the cusp of the Dark and the White Peak District in North Derbyshire so you can imagine I was very excited to be asked to be a part of the Hope Valley Fringe Festival.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I was once one of those Webster Children. My mother, at thirty-seven, was left a widow with three children under twelve. She became Nora Webster, she could not get beyond  her grief to realise that her children were also grieving and needed her help and support. You may think this is perfectly understandable but from a child’s point of view it is not....

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Procrastination, I have discovered, has a purpose. After writing my recent blog, Why Am I So Resistant to Writing a Blog, I got to thinking in greater depth about procrastination and whether there was a deep-seated reason for my procrastination....

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The very act of exploring the rooms your character inhabits allows you to get to know them on a more profound level and to write about them in a far richer, deeper way than before. When I wrote my novel, The China Bird, I used Colm Toibin’s method, both consciously and unconsciously drawing from known and unknown places...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

And, considering this, I think the point of not being able to retrieve it may be part of the problem – that teetering on the edge of not knowing whether it is good enough to send out into the world without revising over and over again. I know this may all sound a bit dramatic – for Christ’s sake, it’s a blog – but I have to tell you that the fear of taking that final leap is palpable.

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