This world is frantic. We’re forever running around; either with work, family, children etc etc. So how do we find our peace, our quiet, our stillness? I’m thinking about this type of thing after reading Matt Haig’s current bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive. Now that is one cracking read. Even if you haven’t experienced anyContinue reading “The Calming Effect”
Always lovely to see the world in a fresh light. Be awake. N.
Whilst becoming further submerged in research for my novel, certain quotes wave at me frantically from the page. Today’s is quite apt considering the conflict continuously occurring across the world: ‘What a pity it should take the greatest war the world’s ever seen just to make people be kind to one another.’ Taken from The Great LiverpoolContinue reading “Well Said.”
Chapter 1 is officially published…now let’s get on with the rest of the novel! Oh, and if you have a spare 77p, then mosey on down to Amazon and purchase a copy. A diverse selection of literary treats awaits. N.
December 2013 will not only bring the usual merriment of Christmas and festive cheer, but also the publication launch of Pulp Idol Firsts 2013. This is a book filled with wonderful first chapters from up and coming writers, including myself, Clare Doran, and Sarah Tarbit. This will be an exciting event for not only thoseContinue reading “Pulp Idol Firsts!”
What’s your favourite childhood book? Hiding amongst the array of books under the Influences tab you will see one called Hiding Out. Small blonde boy? Sitting by a camp fire? Wearing an orange jumper? Found it? Excellent! If you said to me, name a memorable book from my childhood, this would be number one. It’s every child’sContinue reading “Young At Heart.”
I mentioned in previous posts that I was soon to become a reading volunteer for The Reader Organisation’s Get Into Reading program. I have been with a group for the past seven weeks now and it has so far been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. My expectations have been succeeded. IContinue reading “Reading Aloud, Reading Together.”
This was a brilliant day all round, not only did I get to read my first chapter out in front of enthusiastic listeners, encouraging judges, and inspiring writers, I also got to see the new Central Library in Liverpool (you should go, it’s beautiful). All ten writers had such amazing novel ideas and it’s veryContinue reading “Idol Final!”
Last month I entered a competition for first chapters in the Liverpool based literary festival, Writing on The Wall. I gave it a go for the experience of reading my own work aloud, which as I experienced is much more nerve-wracking than reading someone else’s. You also get to read in front of a panelContinue reading “WoW! A Finalist.”
A few days spent in Paris just strengthens the admiration I have for the place. It’s beautiful and full of life. Below are a few photos… I even found a Cormorant… they get everywhere! Take me back! N.