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The Writers Bureau Moves to New Offices

August 22nd, 2011

First, thanks to Jayne for last week’s blog. I must admit that I’ve never kept a diary, but know that for many writers it’s both therapeutic and provides a fund of useful anecdotes and memories that they can use in their work.

New Words get seal of approval

The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has just been published and I’m always interested to see what new words have been included. This time, mankini (yuk) and cyberbullying feature for the first time, amongst others. I’m all for ensuring that good grammar and punctuation conventions are maintained (especially the correct use of the apostrophe!) but I find it reassuring that our wonderful language is continually changing and evolving.

Cash in on your trip

I noticed recently that The Daily Telegraph is still running its travel writing competition with £200 for the best ‘Just Back’ article each week plus £1000 annually for the overall winner. It could go some way towards funding your spending money for your next trip.

On the move…

I’m writing this blog sat at my desk, surrounded by cardboard boxes, waiting for the removal men to come and empty my office. After many eventful years at Sevendale House, Writers Bureau are on the move. Some staff are already up and running at our new premises and we’re all looking forward to settling in. It’s exciting – the start of a new era. But it will still be sad when we turn off the lights here and lock the doors for the very last time.

My guest blogger next week (while I unpack all my stuff and get organised) is Writers Bureau tutor, Sue Wilkes. So thanks Sue, for giving me breathing space.

PS Correction to my blog a fortnight ago: despite working closely together, the petition to save Radio 4’s short story output was started and is being run by National Short Story Week, not the SOA.

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