Category Archives: London

Charity Writing Competition Finale

The results of the Link Age Southwark UK & Ireland-wide writing competition were celebrated this month as part of the charity’s twenty-fifth birthday party. It was a lovely evening during which many dedicated volunteers were recognised for their ongoing commitment and support. … Continue reading

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Charity Writing Competition

There’s just over a month to go before the deadline of the UK & Ireland-wide writing competition I’ve organised to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of lovely London charity Link Age Southwark. Entries have already started coming in and there’s plenty … Continue reading

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Writing Competition Launch

I’m thrilled to be organising a UK & Ireland-wide writing competition to celebrate twenty-five years of Link Age Southwark. This lovely London charity ‘builds friendships between older people and volunteers in order to end feelings of loneliness and isolation in … Continue reading

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When in Doubt, Go to the Library

The local library I used to visit as a young child has recently closed down, prompting me to contemplate the many positive experiences I’ve had at libraries throughout the world. Kents Moat Library was a tiny but vital community hub … Continue reading

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Link Age Southwark Charity Celebration

I’m delighted to be volunteering with Link Age Southwark, a fantastic London charity providing support for isolated older people in the community. I’m organising a UK and Ireland-wide writing competition to celebrate the charity’s 25th birthday this year as well … Continue reading

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A London Literary Salon

This month I went along to the Tea House Theatre for a Words Away literary salon. These monthly talks aim to ‘bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.’ Event founder and host Kellie Jackson welcomed award-winning novelist Tessa Hadley to explore … Continue reading

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Celebrating Jane Austen at the Althorp Literary Festival

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. I was thrilled to attend the Althorp Literary Festival for a talk by Paula Byrne. Paula’s book The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She … Continue reading

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City Writes Competition

My short story The Anniversary recently won the City Writes competition. So I was very excited (and a tiny bit scared!) to do a reading at a special event at City University London. I was in excellent company with fellow winners Katy Darby and … Continue reading

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Greenwich Book Festival 2017

This year’s Greenwich Book Festival took place in the beautiful setting of the Old Royal Naval College and was accurately described as ‘intimate in scale, though grand in setting.’ Its diverse programme featured both famous and emerging writers from a wide range of mediums including memoirs, … Continue reading

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Interview with Author Donatella di Pietrantonio

Having reviewed two books so far by Italian author Donatella di Pietrantonio (My Mother is a Riverand Bella Mia), her publishing house Calisi Press invited me to put some questions to her this week about her approach to writing. Read more  

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