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
Coalville Writes Festival: ‘Kick Start your Writing’ Workshop
How can we stimulate our creativity and come up with new ideas? This workshop provides a cornucopia of techniques to spark new ideas for writing. The session includes writing exercises that use lateral thinking, memory and stimuli from other art forms and encourages experimentation and shared feedback in a supportive environment. Whether you are a fiction writer or a poet you need never be intimidated by a blank page again.
Suitable for all writers, from beginners to more advanced writers who sometimes experience a ‘block’.
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday 10th March 2018, Hermitage, Memorial Square, Coalville, Leicester LE67 3TU
Coalville Writes is supported by Arts Council England, allowing very modest event pricing and encouraging access for all.
To book, http://www.coalvillewrites.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 Writing exercises based on fascinating historical documents will encourage you to enter past worlds and generate new narratives.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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