My Poem

She describes herself like this… Foxglove   Under willow tree and wild flower print Book unopened at Grandad’s feet Snuggled up, bundled up child. Dreaming of pine forests, deep lakes and a country over the sea. Safe in the cupboard under the stairs Siting on Clarks leather shoes And leaning against Granddad’s work jacket. SheContinue reading “My Poem”

Woman’s weekly research

    Grandparent stalking: Woman’s weekly research Task = follow someone in the age range that we are aiming to research (60+). Look at their behaviour, demeanour and what they look like and make a short life bio on your observations. Struggled to do this task I felt like a criminal; And I’m guessing must haveContinue reading “Woman’s weekly research”

Meeting Stephanie Hale

Meeting Stephanie Hale arranged by our tutor Julia at Worcester university. Julia and Stephanie met working for the BBC. Stephanie Hale was the former Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Diploma at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and is now the director of Oxford Writers literacy consultancy. Stephanie’s advice for new authors is primarily to researchContinue reading “Meeting Stephanie Hale”

Listening to Alexis Deacon

Listening to Alexis Deacon born in New York this award-winning illustrator and writer loves storytelling “I always knew I was going to be in illustrator because sharing and trying to communicate was so important to me. understanding of the stories help us to do that” Alexis’s number one tip for writers: “start as close toContinue reading “Listening to Alexis Deacon”

Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick

How to Write Everything is the name of David Quantick’s book. He has years of journalism, screenwriting, speeches and sketches under his belt. From sitcoms to novels. With thirty years’ experience as an award-winning scriptwriter. He is also a self-confessed Hack. I am reading and taking notes on what DQ has to say to usContinue reading “Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick”

Journal entry artist date.

Malvern Moments “Even if you start the day late, don’t give up on it.” More of my wise grandad’s advice. When applied to my life the advice becomes punchier. More like – NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER SURENDER! My son Joshua had a melt down before I even got to the alarm clock to turn offContinue reading “Journal entry artist date.”

Poems from writing retreat

Mum Her home in two places can be One her family, is she? The other a mother. Life can be smothered I ritual suffered. Her fresh bread dedication A clean house meditation. Church and then home Regulated, lovingly grown. I fail. I fail the ‘I do’s.’ I fail to choose. I’m wanting more I’m takingContinue reading “Poems from writing retreat”

It’s beginning to hurt.

James Lasdun, winner of this year’s inaugural national short story prize wrote ‘It’s Beginning to Hurt’ in just 500 words. we were set the challenge of borrowing one of his character’s and write their story within the same, or near to. time frame. so this is Beginning to Hurt from Derrick’s view in 460 words. It’s beginningContinue reading “It’s beginning to hurt.”