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Book Review: Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #bookreview #MondayBlogs

A midwinter tale where light battles to overcome the dark, exquisite storytelling… This is a wonderful and moving novel. The main character, Catherine, is a damaged, vulnerable but endearing character. Forced out of her home after a devastating flood hits her town, she is left adrift in a literal and metaphorical limbo. Catherine hopes that… Continue reading Book Review: Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Reflecting · Writing

Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

Listening, Linking and Learning Writing can be a lonely job.There are times when it can feel as if your only friends are your imaginary ones. Most of us work alone. There are no colleagues to chat to over coffee or to share lunch breaks with. There’s nobody on hand to help if you hit a… Continue reading Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

Reflecting · Writing

Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

  Telling Imaginative Histories I prefer to read and write character driven fiction. Don’t get me wrong both plot and setting are important to me, but they don’t excite me, either as an author or reader in the same way that characters do. Characters bring stories to life. The novelist, Dame Hilary Mantel, gave the… Continue reading Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

News · Reflecting

Breaking Down the Barriers Between Science and the Arts with @SAWTrust

Just before I started to write this post, I was listening to the Andrew Marr Show on BBC Radio 4. The panel of expert guests had been invited to discuss science. Specifically, in a programme entitled From Darwin to Big Data, they were asked to consider whether scientists have failed to communicate their work to… Continue reading Breaking Down the Barriers Between Science and the Arts with @SAWTrust