Having fun in Higher Education

On Saturday London Lit Lab taught the new Screenwriting MA students at Bath Spa University. We were invited to do an ideas-generating session. Zoe and I took the role of Idea Hunters. We are Idea Hunters, we said (not exactly out loud). How – we asked – do we find ideas? Where are they? Are they […]

A few literary secrets

Fellow colleague and short story writer, Zoe Gilbert, and I are meeting this evening to plan content for our first course with London Lit Lab. A beginners’ evening course that starts on 2nd June and follows on every Thursday for six weeks at the wonderfully characterful Leila’s Cafe, on Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch. It demands to be said again, […]

Words of wisdom

This week I’m returning to my novel. I’ve been away from it for almost three months. It was critiqued by my writers’ group, then came Christmas, then I got ill, then I wrote a proposal for a PhD. Now, we’re into January, the application has been submitted and I’m starting to crave my imagined world […]

The heart of place

On Tuesday I attended a talk at the LRB Bookshop about the concept of ‘place’. I went to see and meet Julian Hoffman http://julianhoffman.wordpress.com, who writes beautifully about the landscape in and around where he lives in a mountain village near the Prespa Lakes, Southern Balkans. I was also interested in Philip Marsden’s work: http://philipmarsden.co.uk, […]