On retreat…

It’s fair to say, as a writer, I can be prone to distraction. Any distraction. Even washing up can seem appealing, and that’s terrifying. I hate washing up. Last Sunday then, I was excited to pack up the laptop (its first adventure outside), and head into Newcastle for the third of the Urban Writers Retreat … More On retreat…

Monthly musings…

I haven’t written a monthly musings for a while (ok, I’ve only ever done one before), mainly because I haven’t been making it along to Cullerpoets, but this week I did make it, and I’m so glad I did! A great range of prompts from Harry Gallagher gave me plenty to think about, but it … More Monthly musings…

Keeping My Soul…

One of the things I love most about my writing life is hanging out with other writerly types; that’s one of the reasons the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle came about in January 2017, when Elaine Cusack and I were chatting to Clare from North Tyneside Libraries during an event. Since then, the group has gone … More Keeping My Soul…

The King and I

If you happen to follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you might have noticed a lot of posts from Leicester from around this time last weekend… Hard to avoid really. Sorry about that. Or not. I haven’t been back to Leicester since March 2015, when he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, which means I hadn’t seen … More The King and I

Five years today… The birth of Kindred Spirits

Well, sort of… Facebook kindly reminded me that five years ago today, on a freezing, blizzard-strewn morning, I made my way to a building that had, for whatever reason, not interested me in the slightest previously. Of course I’d known of the importance of the Tower of London in our history, how it was such … More Five years today… The birth of Kindred Spirits