Category Archive: Writer Interviews

Aug 19

BEST ENDEAVOURS: what happens once that digital publishing deal is in the bag

The first in a series of blogs about what happens once that digital publishing deal is in the bag! BEST FRIENDS If you write, it’s a moment you dream of – the moment you learn that a publisher wants to buy your book. There’ll be champagne, fireworks, violins playing sweet music… Actually – when it …

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Jul 25

Day in the Life of Wendy Walker

Sometimes I think my friends envision me sitting at a well-organized antique desk, nicely dressed, showered, hair blown dry, nails manicured and sipping a gourmet coffee while I effortlessly type page after page. It’s a very nice dream! The reality is that after seventeen years of juggling kids, a house, writing and my day job …

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Jun 08

Words for the Wounded: Review of 2nd Place Winner

Words for the Wounded: review of  2nd Place winner. The Man Who Didn’t Go To Newcastle by Alison Clink (published by Matador) ‘Lovely pace and voice… It’s a really moving exploration of siblings across their lives and most importantly, mortality.’ Felicity Trew (Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency) ‘In June 2007 whilst out walking my dog, I opened …

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May 09

Screenwriting Workshop with BAFTA Award winning writer John Foster


You may have had the opportunity to catch a performance of Shot At Dawn in Dorset over the last few weeks which has been earning fantastic reviews – and rightly so. Writer and Artistic Director, John Foster, kindly gave a pre-performance screenwriting  workshop for Dorset Writers Network  at Bridport Arts Centre. John gave an overview …

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Apr 05

Financial Times Weekend Oxford Literary Festival by Philippa Brewer

Anyone up for a medley of authors and illustrators? Exciting times until 10th April 2016: Children’s Literary Stars will be converging on Oxford early next month: Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lucy Worsley, Jonathon Stroud  and Chris Riddell are just a few of the celebrated children’s writers who will speak, read, and draw, at the Financial Times Weekend  Oxford Literary …

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Nov 23

A Day in the Life – Martin Etheridge

In September 1982, my life changed. I was in the Royal Artillery on a small arms exercise. The vehicle I was in veered off the road and went down a ravine. Five of my mates were killed outright and the driver broke his neck.  I was 20 years six months at the time; the first …

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Oct 26

A Day in the Life of Penny Gerrard

A typical day? No such thing – and that’s the way I like it. I’m certainly an early bird – whizzing about doing “lick and a promise” style housework while catching up with The Archers. I really look forward to those days when I am sitting in my local court as a magistrate. I love …

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Oct 15

Paddington Goes on Holiday by Paddington (aka David Worsdall)

When my grandpa, who lives in Downley, High Wycombe, told the family that he was going to go to Peru it was suggested that I might go to keep him company. He agreed, but wanted to have a close look to make sure I didn’t weigh too much.I had no idea why at the time. …

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