This year I was invited to come to my kids' primary school on World Book Day and do a little talk about writing and how I get my ideas. My thoughts, in order, were: Great! I get to talk about writing! Ah. It's World Book Day. I need to dress up. Not that I have … Continue reading My World Book Day
Last weekend I was lucky enough to get a place on a free flash fiction workshop. It was held as part of the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, at a building called Number One Riverside. I'd read somewhere that the building houses the town library, so when I came face to face with this I … Continue reading Start in the middle
While I'm slowly getting used to reading aloud (see Things that go bump in the night and Reading aloud), I wouldn't say it comes naturally...
A few months ago, at Hallowe'en, I wrote about facing the fear and reading a story out loud for the first time at the local writers' group. Today I read out loud for the first time at a public event - the WayWord Festival in Chester. I was invited, with the other Cheshire Prize finalists, to … Continue reading Reading aloud
Growing up, Hallowe'en wasn't really a thing. Once, before my mum had quite grasped the concept, she answered the door and said 'Trick' to the waiting group of kids. I think she was hoping for some close-up magic. Anyway, she fumed when she spotted the Silly String the next day. I'll be out later, shepherding … Continue reading Things that go bump in the night