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Still time to win £500 in the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

June 15th, 2012

First, thanks to Kate for last week’s blog and I must apologise. I got my fingers in a twist and called her Kate Musgrove instead of giving her correct name – Muscroft. Kate, I’m sorry!

This week I’ve been giving myself a literary treat, reading Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. It’s a long time since I read Midnight’s Children and I’d forgotten how wonderfully he writes. It’s been made even more special by the fact that much of the action takes place in Fatehpur Sikri in India – the short-lived capital created by Akbar, the greatest Mughal emperor. I was there last year, early in the morning before many other tourists arrived. It’s a haunting location, but not difficult to imagine the magnificence that Rushdie recreates. Read the rest of this entry »




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Kate’s Words

June 8th, 2012

When Writing a Children’s Novel…

When setting myself the task of completing a rough first draft of a new children’s novel I’m working on this week, I had not envisaged the chaos that would ensue. With the house to myself for once, the notion of what my writing week would be has proved very different from actual events. Read the rest of this entry »




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Share your experiences – and help other writers

June 1st, 2012

First, thanks to Simon for last week’s blog. If you’ve written your first novel (or have nearly completed it) stop dithering and send it out into the big, wide world. You’ve got to be enthusiastic, committed – and thick skinned – if you hope to succeed in today’s publishing world. Read the rest of this entry »




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