Blue Monday

Blue Monday

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 […]

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Self-publishing: tips from a writer

Self-publishing: tips from a writer

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 […]

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Self-publishing for beginners

Self-publishing for beginners

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 […]

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Iris: A night at the cinema

Iris: A night at the cinema

“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 […]

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Fascinating Ladies: Marie Corelli

Fascinating Ladies: Marie Corelli

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 […]

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My stand-up comedy challenge: part 2

My stand-up comedy challenge: part 2

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 […]

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Stories with friends

Stories with friends

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, […]

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