Usually when I write up my holidays, I’ve been somewhere a little more exotic than Shropshire! Last week I headed up to The Hurst, formerly the home of playwright John Osborne, now an Arvon Centre hosting various creative writing courses. While the main house is given over to running the courses, the Clockhouse is just across the way and is home to a permanent … Read More The Clockhouse Retreat @ The Hurst
Not long ago I wrote a piece about writing competitions and so I thought it only fitting to share my first shortlisting, for the 2016 Just Write Creative Writing competition, run in association with Writing Magazine and John Murray Press. A big draw for me when deciding to enter this competition was the prize – six shortlisted authors were to be invited to a … Read More Just Write/Writing Magazine party
Last Friday I did my first real public reading on Novel London’s historical fiction evening at Waterstones Islington. I say the first real reading as my only previous reading was for only a couple of minutes in front of fellow students and some agents at the Faber Academy. There was something protected about reading in front of friends and colleagues who were in the … Read More Novel London – 1st July readings
As an unpublished writer I have found writing competitions to be a really useful tool. Here are some ways in which they’ve helped me so far. I’ve just finished my first novel so in no way do I profess to be an expert! I know that when I was at the beginning of this process I thought that competitions were for people who had … Read More Are writing competitions beneficial?