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 panel of established writers who ask you questions regarding your novel. This was particularly useful for me as it got me thinking even further about where my novel could potentially go and where it would fit. It was a brilliant evening and I felt encouraged by the judges’ comments. Cormorano has some weight behind it and I am now more excited for its possibilities. I even found myself going through to the final, which will be held on the 25th May. An all round great experience.
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!
Along with a few of my fellow MA colleagues, a couple of my poems have been included in the first issue of Subtext Anthology. This is edited by fellow John Moores students and contains some brilliant prose, poetry, and articles from new and promising writers.
It is available to download on Amazon Kindle, either on the device or via the Kindle app. If you can spare 77p please support budding editors and some of my fabulous fellow writers. Click the link below.
Reading, as we all know, is usually a silent and personal activity, and the only time we read aloud is say for a presentation or reading to children, or to a group. So why don’t we ever read aloud to ourselves whilst curled up alone with a book? I mean, say you’re on the train or bus and start belting out chapter 2 of your current selection then granted, people may look at you strangely. I wouldn’t, but others unfortunately would. I have tried it a few times when I’ve been reading alone and I find it really does help me connect with the words and the story. Not only does it help me but I feel like I owe it to the author; this is their passion here in front of me and in some cases, their life’s work so the more attention I give to it, the more alive it becomes.
As well as reading the work of other writers, reading aloud my own writing is helpful as I can hear the places where improvement is needed e.g. tone, emphasis, structure etc. If I stumble over something I have written, then my reader is more than likely to do so also.
I am soon to become a reading volunteer for a reading organisation that includes reading aloud to groups of people of an older age. I am looking forward to this and will be sure to post all the details as this develops.
So, for now, allow yourself to read aloud.
Literally… A Book Shop
For any fellow Merseyside writers or readers needing resources for research or simply just interested in finding little gems of literature, then pop in to Literally… a new book shop (yes that’s right, an actual new shop) and have a looksie at all they have to offer. Places like this are few and far between so let’s keep them alive.
Big thanks to Poetry24 for publishing one of my poems for today’s feature. click on the image above to have a gander at their website. They take submissions surrounding recent news items therefore keeping us in touch with current goings-on and using them for our writing.
Working my way through this novel about Liverpool’s buildings before and during WW2. Thanks to fellow writer Rick Rowe-Davies for the recommendation! Find his website here http://rickrowedavies.wordpress.com
Come back soon and visit the Reading page for a review and if and how it has helped me with Cormorano.