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Fool’s Gold?

There’s a particular advert in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook – a book that I’ve been making good use of recently – that I can’t seem to keep from seeing, because the book rather annoyingly falls open on that page. It’s for a … Continue reading

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Writing Is Taking Over My Life…

I wouldn’t mind, but there are a few other things I’d like to have some time for. Eating and sleeping, for instance. OK, it’s not actually that bad, but I think it is getting out of hand. I’ve spent quite a … Continue reading

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Is Roald Dahl destroying our language?

The latest quarterly update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes made-up words and phrases used by Roald Dahl in his books. But is a changing language a good, or a bad thing? Continue reading

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How do you edit a novel?

And how do you motivate yourself to get started?

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Book Review – The Establishment…

…And how they get away with it.  By Owen Jones.                         This was not an easy book to read; not calming or uplifting. Jones sets out a tale of how, over … Continue reading

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The Devil Rides Ute

I seem to remember I might have promised (or was it threatened) some more poetry. So here it is, another piece from my sojourn down under, inspired by a monstrous vehicle that trundled past me one day while I was … Continue reading

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Writer’s Retreat

Why is it that ambition always exceeds the reality of what can be achieved? My writing holiday is now a fast-fading memory, and I’m left wondering how I could have imagined I would have got  so much done (see my … Continue reading

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The Mile High Poets Society

I’d like to share with you a poem that I wrote yesterday, while sitting in an aeroplane somewhere over Southern Europe. I say yesterday, but I can’t be sure of that, having crossed several time zones since then. And I … Continue reading

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First Reading

Last week, I did the first ever public reading of my work. It was at the monthly meeting of the Cardiff Humanists group, to which I’ve been going for more than a year now (Cardiff Humanists). The theme for this month’s meeting … Continue reading

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Heaven knows I’m miserable now…

Steven Morrissey, not content with persuading Penguin to publish his autobiography as a classic, has now also got them to publish his debut novel. Stephen’s initials are, of course, S & M which, if the critics are to be believed, and we … Continue reading

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