Category Archives: Reading

Book Review – The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree by John Rebholz. Illustrations by Zoe Saunders. Published by Lightning Source. 2018. A young soldier sits in a trench, his head bowed in concentration. As a new father sent to fight in the First World War, he … Continue reading

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Charity Writing Competition Winners

I was absolutely thrilled with the response to the Link Age Southwark UK & Ireland-wide charity writing competition! We were inundated with entries from both adults and children. Judging is now complete and winners have been notified. Everyone was most impressed with the high standard … 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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Dead Poets Society

Keats-Shelley House in Rome is a wonderfully quaint tribute to the work of John Keats and the English romantic poets. The sad history of the house is that Keats moved there from England after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. His friends thought … 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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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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Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland

I recently headed over to Cape Clear Island, the southernmost inhabited spot in Ireland, for the International Storytelling Festival. This wildly beautiful and unspoilt location formed the backdrop to a brilliant creative weekend.The short voyage by ferry to Cape Clear from the town of Baltimore was … 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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