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Mental Health in YA books

July 26th, 2019

As authors, we owe it to our readers to present a realistic, inclusive world. Whether we have an own voices story to tell, or our experience comes from research, it is important that readers can see themselves in a book. Recently, this has meant ensuring diversity is included as well as LGBTQ+, disability, chronic illness and mental health, to name a few.

The diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions is still in its infancy and we have a long way to go before the stigma is erased. One of the key changes should be, in my opinion, the very title “mental health,” which can promote negative responses. In turn, people hide away their concerns and doubts and don’t get the help they need.

Our teenage years can be some of the most emotional and impressionable, as not only our bodies go through significant changes, but so does the development of our brains. Therefore, it is especially important that we shine a light on the problems teenagers face and show them how to fight their way through. Read the rest of this entry »




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Top Tips To Help You Enjoy Your Writing More

July 19th, 2019

This week I thought I’d give you my favourite (and, in my opinion, most useful) writing tips. These have been acquired over the years from personal experience, but also from listening to other writers. Some of them apply to fiction, some to non-fiction, but many apply to both. I hope you find them helpful! Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing Poetry – The Creative Process

July 12th, 2019

The Chinese poet Li Po (Tang Dynasty) said, “Writing poetry is like being alive twice.”  The experience of writing is individual to each poet and yet when one researches and reads about the poets one admires and aspires towards, there is often a common thread.  Every poet no matter when or where they are in the world draws on the experience they accumulate during the different stages of their life and the environment they find themselves in. And this shapes the way in which a poem is developed.  It becomes the defining factor in the texture of their work. Read the rest of this entry »




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Poetry, Articles and Novels – Something for Everyone!

July 2nd, 2019

First, thanks to Amanda for last week’s post. I’ve never been a fan of ‘up-lit’ (I enjoy a bit of doom and gloom in my reading matter), but I recently read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’m a convert!

As you know, we’re currently running our annual Poetry Competition. Unfortunately, it’s only for adults, but the 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to young people aged 10 to 13. So, if you’re a teacher, or feel that your child’s class might be interested then please spread the word. It’s free to enter, but the prizes are great. This year’s theme is ‘place’ and entries can be any length and in any style. The winner will receive £500 and the English department at their school will get £5000. Two runners up will each get £200 and the top three poets all get four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille. I know it’s nearing the end of term, but with prizes like that it’s definitely worth thinking about . The closing date is the same as ours – 31st July. Read the rest of this entry »




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