Brooklyn Morning

It’s six-o-five, still dark, and I am sitting by an open window at the dining table of our New York apartment. The city is waking, cars, which never quite stop moving, are gathering force, a man walks by with a small backpack on. Across the street is a school advertising ‘college access for all’ in […]

Tributary

I’m in the throes of preparation for our imminent trip to America. Which means I spend hours frantically making lists; trying on various combinations of my clothing (it’s amazing what you can do with half-a-dozen shirts; three pairs of jeans; two pairs of trainers, and a fishing hat); cleaning random parts of the house; and […]

Story-A-Week #12: Using Objects as Prompts

On my old desktop computer, and in my loft, I have years worth of writing exercises, prompts, and old lesson plans. And this week has seen me searching through old files, dusting off old documents, revamping ideas (with the help of Pinterest), and doing a little testing. I have tended to present lesson plans/rubrics/exercises in […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #8

Writer Opps Wednesday is back, and pleased to share two development opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway, and three magazines looking for your writing to publish: Writers’ Gathering Which is run by Wigtown Festival Company. This is what they say: The Writers’ Gathering takes place on Saturday 11th May 2019, 9:30-16:30, in The Print Room, Wigtown. […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Reader Opps

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Literature Ambassador: Opportunities for Writers

Fancy being a Writer in the Forest? Forestry Commission England is looking for two writers in residence for 2019. This is what they say about it: What do forests mean to you? If you’re a writer with a passion for nature, we want to hear from you. From observing our expert foresters and wildlife rangers at work to watching […]

Confessions of a Weekend Reader

Once upon a time weekends were for partying, with a constant supply of new frocks, impossible shoes, make-up, booze, and friends. This lasted, as an impression if not a way of life, for about twenty years. Though marriage, motherhood and all that those entail meant things became less extravagant from my mid twenties, I still […]

Return to Normality

My exhibition is hung, the launch over, and last week I mostly slept. Hanging the pieces was almost as difficult as making them. It took six hours to get everything lined up properly, no doubt because it was an entirely new experience and we had to learn how to do it as we did it. […]

Shock of the New

We’ve had a rather dramatic few weeks, involving all this but not in as orderly a fashion. I’ll let you fill in the gaps left/created by the pictures* as I have a zillion emails to deal with, and several more boxes of books to file… The Mr. looks adoringly at his new grandson.     […]