Have you got a secret?

We all have secrets, don’t we? The small ones – white lies – ‘Yes, I love your new hairstyle’ when secretly we think it looks awful; ‘Your new novel is great’ when really we haven’t managed to get to the end of it; the party invitation we turn down, when... read more

Music and writing

When I was writing my review of 2012, I recalled the poetry workshops I went to last year with Jane Commane and Matt Nunn of Nine Arches’ Press. I loved these and got a lot out of them. I would like to try writing more poetry, but I think the... read more

First drafts

Last week I forced myself back to my novel after what seemed an interminable festive ‘break’ where I ate too much, drank too much and did too little – well, I did a lot, but not generally stuff providing the creative, productive, satisfying buzz that only writing can give. Before... read more