World Library Night (part 1)

I umm-ed and ahh-ed about volunteering for World Book Night, having read the backlash from a considerable body of writers and organisations about the value of giving away free books. And I agree with them. I think that it is grossly unfair that only ‘star’ authors are promoted – they can afford to give away … Continue reading World Library Night (part 1)

Mon dieu!

Came back a few days ago after teaching in France for a week, and am beginning to get into the groove of writing again. One of the emails alerts I received was for the annual Franco-British Council short story competition. Stories should be inspired by one of the following quotes: Words are loaded pistols. Jean-Paul Sartre … Continue reading Mon dieu!

Dear Diary…..

The BBC ran a series of programmes in March 2010 (repeated in Aug 2010) about diaries. A lot of it confirmed my own research about diaries, namely the cathartic nature of spilling your thoughts onto a page, unedited (supposedly), and that the writer, subconsciously, always has an audience in mind. These programmes, however, were about … Continue reading Dear Diary…..

Up and running again…

After a year of working at breakneck speed, I feel I can finally come up for air and update this blog. 2010 was unofficially the year of the diary, and those of you who know me, know that I am a big fan of diaries. I used diaries as a primary data source for my … Continue reading Up and running again…