If your Monday is a blue one, please don't blame the date...
Keeping a scrapbook alongside your journal can be a creative way to record important moments. Louise tells us more.
Did you ever think about writing a novel? Read on for one author's experiences and advice for getting that first piece published.
Monday 18th January 2016 was officially Blue Monday. Dee’s advice from 2014 holds true. According to a number of newspapers and advertising campaigns, Monday 20th January is the most depressing day of 2014. According to some other newspapers and advertising campaigns, ‘Blue Monday’ has already happened. According to many of my friends, Blue Monday happens […]
Patsy Trench on self-publishing. Lucy Peacock has already offered very sound advice on independent publishing. My experience of self-publishing three books is similar, yet slightly different. Unlike Lucy I am not an IT specialist, yet I managed to publish my first book back in 2012 almost entirely myself. Like Lucy I didn’t bother with agents […]
A short story about the loneliness of motherhood by Jo Cocco.
Liz Smith talks to Freedom Chevalier about life in the news. Liz Smith is 91 years old but still writes daily for several papers including the The Huffington Post. She describes herself as the “2000 year old columnist” and she’s been dishing on Hollywood’s famous and infamous for over sixty years writing for such papers […]
So you’ve written your masterpiece. What now? Traditionally, you’d send it off to agent after agent, dying a little with each rejection, until either you couldn’t take it anymore, or you found an agent or publisher willing to give you a try. Self-publishing, or “vanity publishing”, was for losers, and rich losers at that. But […]
“If only Hereford had a better cinema,” bemoaned my husband with a heavy heart and not for the first time. Being a Londoner he grew up on takeaway kebabs and going to the cinema whereas for me the first was unheard of and the second such a rare treat that I can remember each and […]
Julie Noble spoke to Fay Weldon after her appearance at the Harrogate History Festival. It is a dream come true to talk face to face with Fay Weldon, and she is just as warm, wonderful and interesting as I always hoped she would be. The whole time we are talking, she is smiling radiantly, yet […]
In 2011, I began writing a blog of stories from my life repertoire. I could never have imagined the journey that it would take me on. After grappling with demons and dragons and eventually befriending them I found that they opened the gate to treasures beyond my wildest dreams. Initially it was a charming experience […]
Little-known novelist Marie Corelli and why she was eclipsed by the Bard Ask most people about Stratford-upon-Avon, and the name that immediately springs to mind is William Shakespeare. The well-known playwright is a source of inspiration to budding writers as well as being a tourist attraction. But Stratford boasts another writer, and one whose name […]
Author Margaret K. Johnson talks about her stand-up comedy debut On Tuesday 21 May 2013 I went to London to perform a 3-minute stand-up comedy routine at Up the Creek in Greenwich to an audience of around 200 people. Why? Had I gone completely out of my mind? No! I’m a writer, and it was […]
Find out more about the Hertford Writers Circle We are an informal group of writers who meet once a month to share our work and offer each other constructive feedback. We meet in an upstairs room of a local pub. It’s small and intimate and I like that. The small room we share may be cramped, […]
An extract from Ellie Stevenson’s novel Ship of Haunts Lily’s Story – 1948 (Chapter 18) Titanic was then, in 1912, but we were about to travel again. To a different place, in a different ship, in a different time. None of it choice. I blamed Mad. Mad and a woman called Eula Weinhart. She was […]