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Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

Is It Chick Lit? Is It Not Chick Lit? What Do We Call It?

In The Writer on Her Work, Vol. 1, an essay collection edited by Janet Sternburg and published in 1980, Mary Gordon writes, “I have been told by male but not by female critics that my work was ‘exquisite,’ ‘lovely,’ ‘like a watercolor.’ They, of course, were painting in oils. They were doing important work.” Three […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz, born in Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and has lived in Manchester since she was nine.  Her books have been published in numerous countries and translated into various languages. We asked her if she could tell us about her latest research for her novel based in Morocco. Apart from journalism, research […]

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and well loved CBeebies presenter and one of the few visibly disabled presenters on television.  She wrote a wonderful piece for us last year (read it here) and we’re delighted to feature her again! Before I had my daughter, writing was a love which wove in and out of my […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Louisa Treger’s biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf,  intrigues. Who was Dorothy Richardson? These days, Dorothy Richardson is a name few are familiar with; her work is overshadowed by that of her more famous peer, Virginia Woolf. Yet in her time, Dorothy was something of a cult figure. She was hailed as […]

October 14, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
You Are Not Unique

You Are Not Unique

My love of writing didn’t come to light until I actually sat down and did it formally. It wasn’t until a topic stirred me with such intensity that it made me realize that maybe it was worth sharing with the world. Once I put my proverbial pen down to rest, and sat back to admire […]

October 5, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
From Journalist to Children’s Author

From Journalist to Children’s Author

It’s a funny thing, the permanency of a book. In the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to hold in my hands a book that I wrote – Celia and Nonna, illustrated by Kayleen West. Lucky, because over the past few years an element of Powerball lottery has crept into the traditional publishing […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Coming Back to Writing

Coming Back to Writing

When I was a little girl I made a choice. At least I thought I did. I was nine years old. Mousey and a bit serious. I only cared about two things – reading teenage horror novels and Westlife. My Aunt was allaying herself of some furniture – she had a beautiful house – and […]

September 25, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the best thing about writing? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters To have written — Kathleen Fordyce (@KathleenFordyce) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Serves as a catharsis. #writing — Sarai (@sarah_rahman) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Writing is the only thing that stops me from ruminating about the things I know I can’t […]

September 21, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

On the morning of Friday, May 30, my husband and I got a call from India: my mother was in critical condition and hospitalized in New Delhi. I thought it was a bad joke because (a) My Mom wasn’t sick. I had barely spoken with Mom two days ago and promised to cook, Kalam Polow, a […]

September 19, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

The first guest post I wrote for WWWB was about me (you can read it here) but this time, it’s kind of about everyone else. And so it begins. The name of my book is Lost in Translation. It has my name on the cover, but for now that’s irrelevant. I’ve lived with that title […]

September 16, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More