The Reading Hole

The Reading Hole

I find myself in the weird position of having finished reading my latest book, and also being at the bottom of my ‘To Be Read’ pile. What to do? There are so many new(ish) books I could move on to, of course. But it dawned on me that maybe this is a good...
A Recipe for Courage

A Recipe for Courage

I woke this morning to an astonishing reminder of a very important anniversary for me. Facebook told me that ten years ago this evening, on April 4 2008, my poetry play, Dreams of May, opened it’s four week run at London’s Pentameters Theatre. Ten...
The Tyranny of Titles

The Tyranny of Titles

Every workshop I teach leads to a discussion of The Title. 1. What is the purpose of a title? 2. Where should it come from? 3. How do you know if it’s any good? When I teach others, I can generally come up with some answers to these questions, like the...
100 Women 100 Books

100 Women 100 Books

The extremely creative and generous writers, Sarah Salway and Viccy Adams, spent the past year working on a project they call Spreadsheets and Moxie. Their aim was to consider what professionalism looks like for Creative Arts practitioners, with a particular focus on...
Writing About Politics

Writing About Politics

Careful readers will note that I haven’t been on this blog lately. There’s always an excuse, but this time it’s a pretty good one. Since my last post, when I was running back-to-back meetings and workshops in Singapore, I’ve returned to...