Guest Blog: On Writing Children’s Books without a Magic Wand – “The Magical World of Clementine Mitch” By Jan Oldham (aka. Janette Howe)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Writing | No Comments
Guest Blog: On Writing Children’s Books without a Magic Wand – “The Magical World of Clementine Mitch” By Jan Oldham (aka. Janette Howe)

I think a useful exercise for everyone to do is to sit down and write what your dream life would be in five years time. Imagine you could wave a magic wand – what are you doing, how are you feeling, who is surrounding you, where are you? For me, this conjures up a modern […]

On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Reading, Writing | No Comments
On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Horses of all shapes and sizes are being led by their owners into the cavernous indoor arena at the Egmont Showgrounds in Hawera, New Zealand. It is day one of the three day horse clinic which Buck Brannaman is holding in the North Island of New Zealand, and which has attracted riders from as far […]

Be Nobody’s Darling – Alice Walker on Being Yourself

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Writing | No Comments
Be Nobody’s Darling – Alice Walker on Being Yourself

At the end of 2013 a fierce debate erupted in Brunswick County, North Carolina USA, over whether Alice Walker’s legendary, Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Colour Purple” needed to be taken off the shelves of the County’s high-school libraries on account of its reported “ immorality, the filth, the F. word and the N. word.” […]

Failure and Success

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Writing | No Comments
Failure and Success

It’s a damned hard work, coming up with one’s first blog. It involved hours, no, days of trawling through books, the internet, and the far recesses of my brain, looking for inspiration. And then today two things happened that made it clear what I should be writing about. In the morning I received an email […]

A Life In Writing

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Living, Writing | No Comments

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath