Blog - January, 2012

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good enough

Liz Fenwick has written very generously here about Jubilee, about pushing herself as a writer, and about the necessity of pressing your skills beyond the point of ‘good’, to reach ‘superb’. She’s no slouch at that, as it happens, landing a two-book deal with Orion (The Cornish House is out in May). At the end (read more)

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In which I show you pictures of my launch party

What a cracking night it was! And the best thing about it was all the lovely, lovely people who came to celebrate with me. I wanted the party to be packed with friends, family, and those who have helped Jubilee on its way over the *mutters a large figure* years it took to write and (read more)

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In a recent tweeted exchange, author Kate Mayfield and I identified the two topics guaranteed to spark interest in Twitter’s community of readers and writers . Was it, perhaps, the essential skill of redrafting? It was not. Was it the magpie process of story-making, filching from here and there to bastardise into a narrative? Nope. Was (read more)

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Really Good Salted Caramels

I’ve been spending some time on the comfy sofa at Jen Campbell’s blog discussing Jubilee, photography, and really good salted caramels. Jen’s a kind of literary multi-tasker; she’s a prolific blogger on all things bookish as well as a poet who, in  a recent feat of endurance, wrote 100 poems in a single weekend, raising thousands (read more)

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