Heating things up

When a last-minute invite to spend the weekend in a sauna crops up in your inbox, what's a girl to do? In this case, book train tickets down to Leeds to join a handful of other artists for some R&D on the possibilities of the rather gorgeous horse-box converted into wood-fired sauna that is Bethany … Continue reading Heating things up

5 tech tool tips for writers

I found a new techy helper for my writing yesterday (see no.1 below) and it got me thinking about some of the different techy tools I use to help the different facets of my life as a writer. In the evangelistic mood of new year's resolutions and the joy of passing on helpful things, here's my current … Continue reading 5 tech tool tips for writers

A seasonal alternative to bookshelves: DIY book Christmas tree

My sister-in-law sent us a text with a picture of a christmas tree made out of books, possibly as a joke. One month, a set of fairylights and all the book piled in the hallway later, we're set up for Christmas in the new flat. When we moved out of  Newcastle, I got as far as … Continue reading A seasonal alternative to bookshelves: DIY book Christmas tree

A meaningful response: #shortstories for #socialworkers

Lovely social workers who have been in touch and requested copies, or who have stumbled across this blog post by recommendation/accident: please remember to send us in your feedback! Email: ncenla@ncl.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Intervening Fictions feedback’ Post: Intervening Fictions Feedback, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU In … Continue reading A meaningful response: #shortstories for #socialworkers

Intervening Fictions: social workers wanted for feedback!

I'm looking for social workers to read three short stories inspired by the differences social workers make, and then to email me some feedback on them. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested or have social work connections! Download the pamphlet as a PDF: Intervening fictions story pamphlet I also have a … Continue reading Intervening Fictions: social workers wanted for feedback!

Celebrating World Book Day with debut novelist Jane Alexander

I'll be back on STV Edinburgh's Fountainbridge show tonight (7-8pm), celebrating World Book Day with debut novelist Jane Alexander. World Book Day is a chance to show your love and appreciation for reading and for all things bookish. I'd encourage you to find a writer and give them a cup of tea and cake: a … Continue reading Celebrating World Book Day with debut novelist Jane Alexander

If you missed us live this morning, catch us live on STV Edinburgh tonight #dwf15

Jemma and I had a lot of fun (& surprisingly few technological mishaps) live broadcasting our writers tour of literary Edinburgh this morning as part of the Digital Writers Festival  '20 Minute Cities' strand. For those of you weren't able to follow the live stream, the recording has been Youtube'd with immediate efficiency thanks to … Continue reading If you missed us live this morning, catch us live on STV Edinburgh tonight #dwf15

Join our writerly tour of Edinburgh: 10:30am GMT #DWF15

Only 24 hours to go until Jemma and I set off -- armed with iPhones and enthusiasm -- to do our 20 minute tour of the joys of being a writer in Edinburgh for the Digital Writers Festival in Melbourne, one of the sister UNESCO Cities of Literature. We've got a couple of surprise guests … Continue reading Join our writerly tour of Edinburgh: 10:30am GMT #DWF15