Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Tour of London in 1927

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This wondrous journey back in time is a good way for me to connect with you today as I’m, again, miles away from London, but also on my own little journey of nostalgia. My son is graduating from University this …

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Be Awesome!

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And now for something completely different…. Hadley Freeman, The Guardian columnist and author of the popular “Ask Hadley” fashion column, has written a collection of essays called, Be Awesome. This is not the sort of genre I usually discuss here, …

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Poetry Without Salt: Calling for a New Way

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This week has seen the announcement by Salt that they will no longer be publishing single author poetry collections. This is big news in the poetry world because Salt has published over 400 such titles over the years and has …

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1 Night Only: Dreams of May in London

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Back by popular acclaim!  I suppose that really is true. So many people have asked when my one-woman show, Dreams of May, might be produced again that I’ve found a way to stage another performance of it — the first in …

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A Keats Celebration

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One of the wonders of living in London is the enormous amount of literary events that are on offer. Here is one that I knew nothing about until I read about it on Michelle McGrane’s terrific poetry blog, Peony Moon. …

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3. From Contract to Shelf: The Headshot

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Over the past couple of months I’ve written a few posts about various aspects of preparing for the publication of my next novel. It dawns on me that some might be interested in having me put this all together in …

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Satya Robbins Asks the Hard Question: The Importance of Work

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The blogging world has brought many wonderful people into my life. One of the most compelling is Satya Robyn. Many might recognise her as the writer Fiona Robyn but one year ago she changed her name as part of her …

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Bank Holiday Sightseeing

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I often write about how much I love far-flung places like Cambodia and Ireland and The States, but I often forget to talk about how much I love what is right on my doorstep. Isn’t it always the way? Shame …

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Stop Stopping Me: An Essay on Passion, Murakami and Me

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The older I get, the harder it is to remember how old I am.  I can remember the year I was born; it happens to be a nice round number. But it’s the age. How old am I? That’s the …

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