Finishing touches

I have been at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for a week putting finishing touches to my second novel. I’ve had my bottom firmly on a desk chair for 12-hour stretches each day, and I now have what I officially call ‘writer’s back’ which is compression in the lower back and a pain between my shoulder…

Second best

A writer friend Iain Broome asked me to feature on his Write for Your Life podcast about writing the challenging second novel. A new father to twin boys, he was also interested in how I’ve managed it with two young children. You can listen to it here: http://iainbroome.com/s03e15-writing-that-second-novel

Writers and their ghosts

Last year I discovered a brilliant writers’ and artists’ retreat – so special, in fact, that I am tempted to keep it secret, but then I wouldn’t be able to write about it, so… I have been on numerous Arvon Foundation courses and retreats over the years, and went to the Hurst in January 2012…