The Rain It Raineth

This morning I went downstairs to find the  room glowing with a strange light. It was the sort of unreal glow that snow generates. Snow? Days of rain, hailstones, high winds – but SNOW? I snatched back the curtains to find – sunshine – and blue sky. Yes, the strange light was... read more

My Most Beautiful Thing

Today I’m taking part in the My Most Beautiful Thing Blogsplash inspired by Fiona Robyn’s book ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’. Bloggers from all over the world are taking part and writing or posting pictures of their most beautiful things today. It’s been really difficult deciding what to write about when... read more

‘The Act of Seeing’

As some of you will know, I went to see the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy recently and loved it. While I was there, I bought a book ‘A Bigger Message – Conversations with David Hockney’ Martin Gayford. In one of the conversations, Hockney talks about enjoying the act... read more

Do You Flash?

Do you enjoy writing? Perhaps you haven’t tried, but would like to have a go. Whether you’re an experienced writer, or someone wanting to dip their toe in the water, why not join in Worcestershire’s flash fiction competition? As part of the celebrations for the first ever National Flash Fiction Day on 16 May... read more

When Insomnia Strikes

Last night I woke up at 4.17 am. I have no idea why. What I do know is that I lay awake for the next hour and half, while worries, ideas, things left undone, things needing to be done … circled and swooped through my mind with the persistence of Macbeth’s... read more

What Do You Wish You Had Said?

I’ve just been away on a writing course in North Wales. Wonderful setting in the mountains, amazing weather, time to write and think and talk about writing, lovely walks, delicious food … as they say ‘What’s not to like?’! One of the writing exercises was to choose a first line... read more