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Musings on writing and books …

As I am useless at social media – I thought I would use this space to talk a bit about my writing process, some of the books I have read and any other thoughts that cross my mind from time-to-time…

BEST BOOKS READ IN 2020 (PART 2)

These are my favourite books of 2020 part 2. I stand by all my choices posted as Best Books of 2020 (so far). In the second half of 2020 I have some extraordinary books to share, so here goes … I read JESMYN WARD this year for the first time (I know!) Men We Reaped…

SEEKING SAFETY

I wrote the piece below for The Independent in response to Victoria Derbyshire’s Panorama program aired on Monday 17th August 2020. I wanted to respond to it. I wanted to use my voice. But even when you do a thing that feels important it can also feel terribly daunting. Sharing this makes me feel vulnerable,…

BEST BOOKS READ IN 2020 (so far)

I have had a great reading year so far, some of my favourite books are listed below. THE SHAPELESS UNEASE Have you ever read a book and the writing speaks to something within you, on a different level to just reading a book and engaging with the characters in the story? I read Samantha Harvey’s…

WRITING INTO THE WHITE HEAT

Dare you see a Soul at the “White Heat”?Then crouch within the door—Red—is the Fire’s common tint—But when the vivid Ore Has vanquished Flame’s conditions—It quivers from the ForgeWithout a color, but the LightOf unannointed Blaze— Least Village, boasts its Blacksmith—Whose Anvil’s even ringStands symbol for the finer ForgeThat soundless tugs—within— Refining these impatient OresWith…

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