Category Archive: Writing

Oct 18

The Business of Books: Fiction, Friends and New Beginnings – Choc Lit’s latest signing Carol Thomas takes over!

I’d like to start this post by saying thank you to my fellow Chindi Author and friend Jane Cable for inviting me along to share the experience of getting my first publishing contract. She has left me to it, so I am titling this piece Fiction, Friends and New Beginnings and dedicating it to Jane. …

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Oct 11

THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS: MENTAL HEALTH IN FICTION – Jane Cable on romance in the wake of World Mental Health Day

When I was a rookie author working with my first editor I wanted to write a book with a central character who had OCD. I had a friend with quite a severe form of the illness and he was willing to help me to get it right. But I was told in no uncertain terms …

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Oct 04

THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS: IN HISTORY WE TRUST – Jane Cable turns her hand to event management

  On Sunday about forty people turned up to an event I organised at a wet and windy Studland Bay and proud doesn’t even begin to cover it. My latest novel, Another You, is set in Studland but that was just the catalyst for Dive into D-Day, run in conjunction with the National Trust. A …

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Oct 03

The Crazy Nature of Human Communication: The Importance of Being Mindful of The Moment

By Dr Rajan Sankaran, author of Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree Arriving at the lift of my building one evening, I met a neighbour who was known for his rudeness and for putting others down, while blowing his own trumpet. If someone from the building met him somewhere he would ignore them and walk away with …

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Sep 28

Highlights of National Poetry Day 28 September 2017

Wakefield: Poetry on the no 59 Bus Departing from Wakefield Bus station at 11.21 and travelling along the route to Barnsley Take your seat for a ride of poetic musing, revolutionary songs and live music from The Merrie City to Tarn and back. Jump on board Bus 59 with The Ukulele Lady and her Boy, musician Jacqui Wicks and …

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Sep 28

What do you think?: A Collection of Poems Extract #nationalpoetryday

To celebrate National Poetry Day here is some extracts from my poetry book What do you think?: A collection of poems. I hope you enjoy them.   Thieves Littered broken hearts One million men Tearing me apart Vestiges of What I used to be Leaving behind All different parts of me Traces Chunks Bits Intellectual property …

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Sep 28

National Poetry Day Kicks off with new BBC poetry festival and report of boom in poetry book sales

National Poetry Day, the world’s greatest celebration of poetry, will see a mass outbreak of verse today. The BBC is celebrating National Poetry Day across all its channels, as are Visit England, Art UK, Virgin Trains, Royal Mail, Twitter, the V&A and thousands of schools, libraries, pubs, bus routes, museums and railway stations: the celebrations …

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Sep 27

The Business of Books: Blending Fact and Fiction – Jane Cable meets GP turned author Carol Cooper

  1) How much of your working life does the business of books take up? About half my working hours are now taken up with book-related activities. It’s not all writing, as there’s social media, marketing, research, and the rest. The other half of the time, I teach medical students, do some journalism, and fit …

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