LBF Masterclasses Part 2 – 17th April 2010

Events, Writing By April 18, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

The second (afternoon) session of the London Book Fair Masterclasses was How to Write for Screen: Film & TV. Again, it was a panel discussion, this time chaired by Julian Friedmann (Agent, Blake Friedmann) with Paul Ashton (Producer, BBC Writersroom), Craig Batty (Author & Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting, Bournemouth University) and David Nicholls (Screenwriter) on the panel. Having met up…

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LBF Masterclasses Part 1 – 17th April 2010

Events, Writing By April 17, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

I rarely start my days at 5am. In fact, I’m much more likely to be finishing them at that time. However, for my second trip to the London Book Fair Masterclasses (the first was in 2006) I decided to make the effort, get up at Stupid o’clock (that’s 5am to you) and sleep on the Megabus from Cardiff – if…

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No need to set the Choc Nav

Events By March 28, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before or if you know this about me already but I do like chocolate. Okay, I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Not all chocolate admittedly. I steer clear of white chocolate, and I am still getting to grips with the dark side, but I have had a relationship with the milk variety for some time now….

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The Dating Detox by Gemma Burgess

Book reviews, Books By March 19, 2010 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

I am fast coming around to the idea that I should either get my book recommendations from Twitter or work my way through the Avon Imprint titles for the foreseeable future. So far this year, I’ve read two of their books found through the social networking site (the first of which was Miranda Dickinson’s Fairytale of New York, reviewed here)…

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Writers’ Day at Ceridwen – 13th March 2010

Events, Writing By March 14, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

According to Welsh medieval legend, Ceridwen was an enchantress, who used her magic cauldron to cook up a potent potion that imparted wisdom and poetic inspiration.

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Flying high with Paper Aeroplanes

Events, Music By March 6, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

Every so often I stumble upon a book or a film or new music through what is often a throwaway remark by a friend or an acquaintance. Either their comment or the premise or name of whatever it is simply piques my interest and I make a note of it or, and this is far more likely, I stop what…

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My travels with Jeremy Northam

Audiobooks, Book reviews, Books By February 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Jeremy Northam is proving to be an interesting travelling companion. In 2008, after first splitting our time between languidly idling among the dreamy spires of Oxford and staying at an imposing stately home in the English countryside, we flitted off together for a brief sojourn on the Venetian lagoon, before later wandering the souks of Morocco.

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Fairytale of New York by Miranda Dickinson

Book reviews, Books By February 17, 2010 Tags: , 1 Comment

I was fortunate enough to win a signed copy of Miranda Dickinson’s wonderful debut novel Fairytale of New York. The author herself ran a competition on Twitter – I’ve alluded to the wonders of social networking in an earlier post – and, just before Christmas, it arrived, together with a lovely card and some yummy chocolate, which I think ought…

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A new Chapter

Events, Poetry By February 4, 2010 1 Comment

After being thwarted by the freakishly heavy snowfalls and equally freakish (for I am never sick) illness of January, I decided that, with the advent of February, the time had come to get out there and try another literary event and network some more. My first attempt in December had gone reasonably well and I’d come home buzzing with ideas…

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Meet at the Gate

Books By January 21, 2010 2 Comments

Through the power of social networking, I was recently asked to write a review for Canongate’s wonderful Meet at the Gate website. They are currently running a feature they’ve dubbed their Literature World Tour and when they posted on Facebook that their next stop would be New Zealand,

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