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The Power of Dark Stories, and Why we Are Not Always What we Write

The Power of Dark Stories, and Why we Are Not Always What we Write

Where do you get your ideas from? It’s the question nearly all artists dread. We try to get round it in various ways, by making jokes (my standard response tends to be; “Goblins bring them during the night”), but actually the answer is simply this: They come from my brain. Okay. But what if one […]

January 28, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing Through Difficult Times

Writing Through Difficult Times

A seed of salvation exists inside each of us. I had to find mine early. My father’s undiagnosed, untreated schizophrenia and violent outbursts were often directed towards me. He lived in a black and white world, and saw me as the enemy, so he did everything he could to destroy my self-esteem and keep me […]

January 16, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Why I Write From the Tub

Why I Write From the Tub

The world is dramatic. Families are busy. Emails are endless. Those are the first three reasons that pop into my head when someone asks me why I write articles, sermons and stories from the tub. I think it started almost 20 years ago after my first son was born and I had founded a community for […]

January 14, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Finding the Hero

Finding the Hero

Which was your favourite fairytale? I was asked this question by a Transactional Analyst when I was a training to be a relationship counsellor. His message was that these tales – made familiar to us as children – help to make us into the people we are. I’ve since realised that they also shape the […]

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We Can Not Be Defeated

We Can Not Be Defeated

There are writers who are joyful when they write. I have moments like that, sure, but in general I am terrified. I am more plotter than pantser, but there are things, usually the most integral, that are beyond preparation. I believe that you have to prove yourself, you have to earn it, before the story […]

January 5, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Diving Into the Silence: Writing Inspired by Real Life

Diving Into the Silence: Writing Inspired by Real Life

My novel, The Herbalist, is set within living memory (1939) – and is based on a real-life court case I came across when I was nineteen. I was archiving yellowed local broadsheets crammed with small print when I noticed a tiny article. It referred to an Indian Herbalist who was arrested for an ‘offence against a […]

January 2, 2015 | By | 8 Replies More
The Allophone Writer

The Allophone Writer

I was in my third year at high school when my Galician Literature teacher gave us a lecture on allophone poets – that is, those non-native speakers who had written poetry in Galician, including a couple of internationally known names such as Federico García Lorca. I remember thinking at the time that writing literature in […]

December 21, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
The Settling Earth: Emigration to New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century

The Settling Earth: Emigration to New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century

Imagine packing a trunk, probably a box no higher than your knees. In it you place clothes to see you through your journey and beyond. You squeeze in sewing equipment, a few books, photographs or miniatures – all mementos of a home that you are about to leave, possibly forever. Perhaps you are able to […]

December 10, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Beryl Kingston is an 83 year old author, currently writing her 25th novel. She tells us what happened when she decided to share her truth. Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil… Well yes, but be careful. There are some pretty tricky devils out there, as I know rather too well and they can do […]

December 7, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More
What I Learned from my Writing Retreat

What I Learned from my Writing Retreat

Facing my empty nest and a ticking clock, I finally decided to plunge into the writing life. Writing more seemed too obvious so I searched for conferences or classes. I came across a “retreat” offered by the author of a bestselling memoir I’d recently read. Though I hadn’t done anything like this before, I was […]

December 3, 2014 | By | 35 Replies More