Tag Archives: Writing

Not Waving But Drowning at the King’s Bar Loft, April 27th

I recently had the privilege of compering a night of Film Poetry Performance at the King’s Bar Loft, Albert Road, on April 27th. It was a fascinating night that showcased some extraordinary talent from Portsmouth and further afield. And it … Continue reading

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Extract from The Snow Witch – description of the town

With this section of The Snow Witch, I decided to write a potted history of the town with a level of dark style. Hope you like it: * Sleep. The city sleeps, contracted in the cold to a singularity of … Continue reading

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Real Writer’s Block – What it is, and what it is not.

Adele Parks gave a great talk last night at Portsmouth Central Library as part of Portsmouth Bookfest 2016, talking about her writing life, and how she became one of the top sellers of chick lit over the last 16 years. From … Continue reading

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Angelina Jolie – To Say “Grubby” Doesn’t Say Half Of It – Book Review

Angelina – An Unauthorized Biography, by Andrew Morton Book Review What can I do in reviewing this book except give you my overriding impressions? The first one is about the subject matter as Andrew Morton likes to portray her. Under … Continue reading

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The Three Belles – Next Round of Rehearsals

Well, another fascinating day at “the office” with a full run-through of Sing Sing Sing. Will Keel-Stocker added an extra layer to the proceedings, with his easy smile and questioning brain. There were some really interesting moments as The Belles … Continue reading

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The After-Effect of Paul McKenna – and Relearning Skills

The strange thing about having Paul McKenna hypnotise me to get me writing again was that my creative power was out of control. I had this unregulated emotion to write, which over the last 4 years I have been honing … Continue reading

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Man In The Moon – Draft 2

Well, that didn’t take long before I rewrote it.  Here we go again: Man In The Moon “When priests in ancient times beheld the moon they conjured up a man hunched with a pack. Astronomers spied seas that would maroon … Continue reading

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A Simple Act Of Kindness Can Change The World

I’ve just got back from a walk in my home town of Portsmouth – and I’ve learned how one person really can change the whole world. I was walking past a little brick-built church on Old Portsmouth’s High Street, called … Continue reading

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Vanity and Bad Breath – What Your “Self Publisher” Won’t Tell You

Bad breath at parties is a bad thing.  And I know, because many years ago I used to have bad breath.  I don’t any more, for good reason – but there was a time when people backed away from me … Continue reading

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Borrowing Some Light From Author Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley is a fascinating man.  Lean, with a grey-white widow’s peak, and a slight spike to his hair, he stands before the assembled group in the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Dockyard, among ancient cannons and other relics of … Continue reading

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