I’m an author of novels, short stories and poetry, a writing tutor and public speaker. I love stories, short or long: reading them, writing them and helping other people to find and tell their own.
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“An utterly compelling story, characters you care about deeply and a real feeling for the thread of the uncanny that runs through our lives.”Margaret Leroy
“I loved the gut-wrenching reality of birth and death in a world where people were just an extension of their machines. A book that lingers in the memory.”Catharine Arnold
“A gripping, moving, ambitious novel. A huge achievement.”Myra Schnieder
Join me at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, 15-17 June 2018
Sunday Workshop: Lazarus Rising – Writing Historical Fiction
Are you interested in writing about the past? Whatever the period, from the decadent empires of the Ancient World to the darkest corners of Victorian London, drawing on another era can revitalise your writing through introducing exotic experience, colourful imagery and new language. Through examples from the masters of historical fiction and a range of writing exercises, you will learn techniques to bring the past vividly to life and explore the interaction between character and context. Research methods and markets will also be discussed.
A friendly all-day workshop that includes a hearty buffet lunch.
9:30 am – 3.30 pm Sunday 17th June 2018, University of Winchester
To book, www.writersfestival.co.uk
Brand New Workshop: Aladdin’s Cave – New Words from Old
As presented at the National Association of Writers in Education Conference.
Drawing on the language of the past can rejuvenate one’s writing. In this workshop, quaint expressions and strange words with long-lost meanings will fire your imagination and free you to invent, experiment and be playful. By examining extracts by acclaimed historical fiction writers we will explore ways to refresh imagery and inject charm, liveliness and colour into one’s writing. Writing exercises based on fascinating historical documents will encourage you to enter past worlds and generate new narratives.
Suitable for writers at all levels.
To find out more about this workshop or to book a session for your group, festival or organisation, please do get in touch. Details of the full range of workshops and a contact form can be found on the Teaching page.
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