A Writing Journey: Writing Workshop – Saturday 15th February – 10.30 – 1.30

I’m very happy to be running this workshop as part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2020.

The workshop will take place at Worcester Cathedral and is for all writers from the more experienced to those who have always wanted to give it a try.

Tickets are £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Happy New Year

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and creative 2020.

This photo is of the north door of St Edward’s Church, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, UK – a place I visit often. Tolkien is said to have been inspired by this door when he was writing the ‘Fellowship of the Ring.’

I am not at all surprised by this! To me, it also has a similar ‘feel’ to the images I associate with ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ Tolkien and C S Lewis were ‘writing buddies.’ They were part of a group called ‘The Inklings’ who met in a pub called ‘The Eagle and Child’ (otherwise known as ‘The Bird and Baby’) in Oxford.

If you are lucky enough to have a writing buddy, then I hope 2020 is a good year for you both. Make sure you celebrate every success.

Whatever stage you are at with your writing – keep going. Finish what you start and be prepared to re-write, re-write and re-write. Good luck!


Merry Christmas to everyone – and thank you for following my Blog.

(This is the Evesham Festival of Words tree from last year in St Lawrence’s Church, Evesham).

Best wishes to you all for a happy, loving and peaceful Christmas. Stand by for more creative adventures in 2020.


Joy Thomas and I are starting some new Right to Write creative writing workshops at Tewkesbury Library in 2020. These will be on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30 starting on Tuesday 11th February. The cost will be £8.00 per workshop.

The workshops will include short exercises aimed at stimulating ideas. No previous writing experience is necessary. The workshops are suitable for all types of writer. Just come and have fun exploring new creative pathways.

After NaNoWriMo

If you took part in NaNoWriMo this year then congratulations – however many extra words you created.

Think about what you want to do with this work. Some writers are happy just to have set the words down. They may have written something close to their heart that isn’t for sharing with an audience.

On the other hand, if you are aiming for publication, then make some time before Christmas to take a look and see what the possibilities are. NOTE – I didn’t suggest writing anything yet. Just list all the ways you could use the material you have created.

For instance – you may find you could create:

  • A collection of poems
  • A short story sequence
  • A play
  • A novel
  • A memoir

The Girl With Amber Eyes

This is now available as an audio book! If you would like a free promo code to download this – then please get in touch via the contact page of this website.

You can listen to a free sample on my Amazon page – https://www.amazon.co.uk/e/B0034PZG70

The Evesham Cafe Collection

Special offer – December only! The book is priced at £8.99. However – buy via my website and I will gift-wrap it and post it for you at no additional cost.


For those who don’t know – this stands for National Novel Writing Month. There is a website you can register with that allows you to upload a daily word count (if you want to) and link with other writers who are also undertaking the challenge – again this is not compulsory.

The challenge is to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. However, feel free to use this creatively in any way that helps you. If you prefer to write short stories then think about creating a collection. You could also write a non fiction book or complete several unfinished projects. The only stipulation is that you can’t import words from elsewhere on your computer.

Have fun with it. Please get in touch and let me know what you’re working on. Also look out for special offers on my critique service early next year.


Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. It brings back a lot of childhood memories – the parties when we did apple bobbing, played truth or dare and told stories. It also felt magical and fairytale-ish with white mist rising from the fields near the river and cobwebs festooning the bushes.

Since I’ve been writing full time, it’s been a time when I re-evaluate what has happened earlier in the year. It’s a time to begin new projects (NaNoWriMo is brilliant for this!) and to complete any unfinished ones.

I hope it is a magical time for you this year. Please get in touch and tell me what you’re working on. Look out for a special offer on my critique service early in the New Year.

My Year of Living Magically Begins!

I’ve had my ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ which involved lots of published work, a collaboration with an artist, co-writing with a historical fiction writer (more news about that project in due course) and ending with a link up with a quilt-maker. (Again, more news soon).

My workshops at Number 8, Pershore, are now in their fifteenth year and are going from strength to strength. I am also having great fun at The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham and Tesco Community Room, St Oswald’s Road, Gloucester running workshops with Joy Thomas.

My Year of Living Magically will involve completing a play about 17th century witchcraft and a quartet of Regency novels.

I also have a long list of places I’m looking forward to visiting.

Watch this space!