Research Secrets – Oskar Cox Jensen

In the July 2016 issue of Writers’ Forum I interviewed Oskar Cox Jensen about the research he did for his novels, The Stones of Winter and The Wild Hunt, which are set in Scandinavia. He explained how fieldwork inspired him and helped him to solve specific issues with the series. The books are Viking tales […]

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Picture Book Retreat in Herne Bay

Last weekend I was teaching a course on writing picture books in Herne Bay, Kent. The course launched with wine and nibbles at the Grosvenor House guesthouse, hosted by the lovely Frances Brown. I did a presentation on the myths of picture book writing and we all got to know each other. We then walked […]

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Research Secrets – Katherine Rundell

In the June issue of Writers Forum, I have interviewed Katherine Rundell about the research for her novel, The Wolf Wilder, published by Bloomsbury. The Wolf Wilder is about a girl called Feodora who is training to be a wolf wilder. A wolf wilder is someone who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves – […]

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Letters in the Sand

Imagine how overjoyed I was to see my books being recommended on the Letters in the Sand website created by Caitlin, who is a mother of two and has experience as an educator in both public and private schools, as well as the being a home-schooling parent and teaching in community educational playgroups.       These particular books […]

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Research Secrets – Emma Claire Sweeney

In the May issue of Writers Forum, I have interviewed Emma Claire Sweeney about how the research for her novel Owl Song at Dawn led to a PhD in autism and learning disabilities. Owl Song is published by Legend Press and is a tribute to Emma’s autistic sister Lou.  As well as her extensive research […]

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Writing4Children – Becky Bagnell

This month I have a brand new regular feature in the national writing magazine Writers’ Forum. It is all about Writing for Children. The first issue launched with insights into the children’s book world with Becky Bagnell founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency. She explained to me what she looks for in a manuscript, what […]

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Writing Picture Books with Anita Loughrey

PICTURE BOOOK WRITING WITH ANITA LOUGHREY 10th – 12th June 2016 at Grosvenor House, 2 East Street, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 5HN www.grosvenorhousevents.co.uk Grosvenor House must be one of the most idyllic and relaxing places in the whole world. I feel honoured to be able to teach a writing for picture book course here. What […]

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Launch of new blog Papers Pens Poets

Today, I launched a brand new blog for a life-long fetish of mine – stationery. It is called Papers Pens Poets and is the place for writers and other stationery addicts to show their passion for paper and pens. We have launched today to coincide with the start of National Stationery Week. The blog is the brain child […]

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Columnist or Feature Writer? That is the question

I have been writing for the national writing magazine Writers’ Forum for over ten years. I started as a freelance author, interviewing other writers I met on courses and conferences, about their writing and writing process and would send these features in with fingers crossed hoping the editor then, John Jenkins, would accept them. More often than […]

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Writing for Children with Anita Loughrey

Fri 13 May 2016 to Sun 15 May 2016 This course is ideal for beginners who want to write fiction for children of all ages and also those who have started to write and wish to develop their skills further Friday 3.00 p.m. to Sunday 12.30 p.m. 13-15 May 2016 The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick […]

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