What stops you writing?

June 1, 2013

My friend Bec Evans is researching the habits of writers.   She’s not interested in whether their beverage of choice might be Earl Grey or espresso (though personally, perhaps because I’m nosy, I always find those details fascinating!  You can find out my preferences for such things in a Quirky Q&A on the Newbooks site here).  […]

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Sisterwives, the e-book

April 30, 2013

I’m delighted to announce that Sisterwives is now available in e-book format via Kindle.  It will set you back the princely sum of £2.01 (at least, at the time of going to press). As a way of celebrating its (re)launch, I’m offering to give away 2 paperback copies of the novel, too, to two randomly selected […]

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Literary Sisters: Author Interview with Zodwa Nyoni

April 1, 2013

Literary Sisters has – so far – been fairly fiction-centric in its focus.  So it’s high time to feature a poet on the blog.  It’s my great pleasure to include an interview with the very talented Zodwa Nyoni, a Zimbabwean-born performance poet and playwright.

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Literary Sisters: Angela Carter

March 20, 2013

Angela Carter  1940-1992   Biography and background ‘Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself,’ Angela Carter once said.  ‘You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world.  You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.’

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Literary Sisters: Author Interview with S J Bradley

March 8, 2013

Photo credit: Ricky Adam On International Women’s Day it seems appropriate to be posting an interview with an up-and-coming woman writer.  Ages ago, before Sisterwives was published, I had an email inviting me to an event in Leeds called ‘Fictions of Every Kind.’  S J Bradley (Sarah) was one of the convenors: warm, friendly, impressively […]

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February 22, 2013

I’ve just finished reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  I feel like I’ve arrived at the party late – it was billed by many as the ‘must-read’ non-fiction book of 2012.  It was lent to me by a colleague, who urged me to read it, […]

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Literary Sisters: Author Interview with Jenn Ashworth

January 24, 2013

Jenn Ashworth is one of the most exciting young novelists writing in Britain today.  That’s not just my view, either.  in 2011 she was featured on the BBC’s Culture Show as one of the UK’s 12 best new novelists.  Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy won a 2010 Betty Trask Award. Her second, Cold Light, published […]

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The Next Big Thing: Linda Green

January 16, 2013

Last week I posted my response to the ‘Next Big Thing’ blog meme, which has been doing the rounds of writers recently.   This week it’s novelist Linda Green’s turn, and I’m delighted to be able to post Linda’s answers to the same questions here.  Over to you, Linda… Many thanks to Rachel Connor for […]

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The Next Big Thing

January 9, 2013

I’ve been tagged by two writers, Emily Midorikawa and Alison Taft, to take part in the blog meme, ‘The Next Big Thing’ – a sort of virtual chain mail interview passed from author to author, in which they give an insight into their works in progress.  I thought I’d buck the trend and talk about my radio […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with Anneliese Mackintosh

December 4, 2012

This week I’m delighted to welcome writer Anneliese Mackintosh to the blog.   Anneliese is a woman of many talents – a performer and writer of short fiction, novels and drama, as well as working as an editor and a teacher of creative writing.  Most recently, she took part in a tour in a hand-painted bus organised […]

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