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Why Children Can Read Dark Stories

A few months ago, I read a comment from a mother in a newspaper article that she would not read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett to her six-year-old daughter, because of its racist overtones, particularly in the early chapters which reference the lead character Mary’s life in India. 485 more words




Truth and Lies looks at the crucial role these play in fiction (no crime fiction would be complete without them, just to name one genre!).  583 more words

Folk Tales in New Fiction - 1-day workshop

Sara Maitland wrote that folk tales speak deeply to us because they are ‘filled with the reverberations of everyone’s dreams’. On this course, we will explore the different ways in which we can harness the strange power of folk tales in our writing. 317 more words

Short Stories

Creative Cafe in Vienna

On Saturday April 1st I ran the very first Creative Café creative writing session in Vienna (Austria). With ten participants from various countries (it really was a multicultural event!) the creative writing session was vibrant, inspiring, and plenty of fun. 267 more words

Creative Writing

NPF Fringe - Poems on Prescription - Doctor's Orders

Alongside my reading at Jermy & Westerman with Rosie Garner I have started an impromptu ‘Poetry Wall’ at Doctor’s Orders Micropub …contributions welcome go to the facebook page for the event here.. 28 more words

Creative Writing Workshops

World Book Day 2017

Apologies for the lack of blogs, it takes me longer to get going in a cast and I also have had appointments etc. so bear with me as I hobble through these weeks, I will post but not every day! 491 more words

January 2017 Short Story Boot Camp Ends

Last weekend the four-week short story boot camp in Vienna came to an end. As the coach, I had the pleasure of sitting back and listening to some marvelous stories. 160 more words

Creative Writing