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PG Wodehouse & Comic Relief

On Friday I went to Waterstones in Worcester to read from PG Wodehouse’s Carry on Jeeves. It was to raise funds for Comic Relief and to publicise the first ever Worcestershire Literary Festival, taking place in June this year. I can’t say I’ve ever thought about reading PG Wodehouse before,... read more

Fantasy or self-help?

Last Saturday was the publishing seminar run by Stephanie Hale of Oxford Literacy Consultancy. It was a really good day – long and intense – but I came away with some new ideas for promoting Unravelling. I haven’t put any of them into practice yet! But lots of food for... read more

Feeding the Cat

The new Cinnamon Press anthology is out next month! The title story Feeding the Cat is one of mine! I didn’t choose it but I think the front cover is great. Have a look at Feeding the Cat. Love to know what you think.

Busy week

This looks set to be a busy week. As well as teaching and singing (the a cappella group I belong to is preparing for a big charity concert in Pershore in May) I’m going to London tomorrow for lunch at the Society of Authors. I was accepted as a member... read more

Revamped!

After a long period of absence and malfunction, my site has now been revamped, and I’m really pleased with it. The work was done by Daniel Hollands who I met when he was developing the website at South Worcestershire College. He has done a great job and been immensely patient... read more

Author Talk

Last Saturday I did a talk at Malvern library on Unravelling. It was great – a good audience, nice, relaxed atmosphere and lots of interesting questions about the book – characters, the plot, the complexity of the relationships and so on. There were also questions about the writing process, successful writing,... read more

Book signing

I did a book signing at Number 8, Pershore, an arts centre/coffee shop, the other Saturday – a rainy, miserable day when people might have stayed at home. The beginning was a bit slow, but the last couple of hours were great. Not huge numbers of buyers but enough to make it... read more

Cinnamon Press anthology

Had some great news – my short story Feeding the Cat has won the recent Cinnamon Press story competition and will be the title story in the anthology to be published next April. Even better, two 0f my other stories, Garden of Antipathy  and The Young Man with the Nose Ring... read more

Cornwall

Once again I have been silent for a long time. Every day blog is on my list and every day – it slides away from me! One reason this time is a few days away in lovely Cornwall. While we were there we visited the Minack, a wonderful theatre on... read more

Lovely book group

Last night I went to my first group to discuss Unravelling, arranged through Feya, one of my writing students. What a lovely experience! The group is called ‘The Common Reader’ – a slant on Alan Bennett’s ‘The Uncommon Reader – and they were so nice – lively, intelligent, fun, but serious about books and... read more