Writing Motherhood  

Yesterday I took part in one of Writing Motherhood’s final events, the brainchild of author and poet, Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Over the past year this Arts Council series has been touring at various writing centres and festivals across the country, offering inspiration to women and mothers who write, and who recognise that creativity is a necessary part…

What is love?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about love. My husband and I went to a wedding. ‘One of the last of the original,’ I said at the reception after a little too much champagne. ‘Next it will be second marriages.’ But the April sun shone down on us with its spring promise. We settled in our pew,…

My writing process

I’ve been asked by the lovely Zoe Gilbert, friend and fellow member of North London Writers, to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which gives us writers the chance to discuss our working process. If you’d like to see how Zoe answered the questions below, check out her blog, http://mindandlanguage.blogspot.co.uk. Zoe, by the way, writes…

Changing perspective

Last night my writers’ group critiqued my current novel, or, more precisely, the 50,000 words that I’ve written. It was a good experience. They’re a tough bunch of critics, and I’d prepared myself to be dragged around the carpet and kicked into the corners. I’d submitted an unfinished manuscript, a first draft for F** Sakes. What…

Opposites attract

Two women sit beside each other in the Hackney Picture House bar. It’s Friday night and they’re on a first date. They were set-up by a friend who knows little about how best to match people, as they appear to come from different worlds. There’s Kate, whose clothes and mannerisms resemble that of a man…