She’s Got a Ticket to Ride

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Lennon sat back on the seat and breathed in deeply. The carrier bag was positioned between his feet. He was facing the direction of travel. He could relax now. He closed his eyes. He heard the guard’s final whistle and … Continue reading

Not sticking to my diet – again!

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So here we are, fast approaching the middle of April in what passes for Spring in the UK. I’ve still not got back into writing and feel heavy after a winter of hospital visiting and travelling to London on South … Continue reading

Do you know a poem called – What is Poetry?

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Can anyone help me? Whilst sorting out the books and papers in my mum’s flat, I found a poem tucked into an exercise book. It started with the line ‘What is Poetry?’ and this may be the title of the … Continue reading

The Four Fairies of One Tree Hill

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Firstly, I wish you all a Happy New Year. Since my last post, time has done that peculiar thing where it slows down and speeds up at the same time. My mum has been in hospital in South London since … Continue reading

Female Fantasy Fiction Writers

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Writing about Neil Gaiman and Alan Garner in my last post caused me to revisit Anne McCaffrey’s fantasy books. I read most of these in my early twenties, borrowing them from the public library. I would suggest starting with Dragonflight, … Continue reading

The Importance of Reading Fiction as Championed by Neil Gaiman

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I’m going to be quoting today from a lecture given by Neil Gaiman for The Reading Agency delivered on 14th October 2013 at the Barbican in London. If you would like to read the abridged version of this lecture as … Continue reading

The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell

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Gripped and enthralled by the fantasy world of Merralya, at times dreaming about the characters and the settings, I fully understand James Maxwell’s byline, ‘Exploring this world while dreaming of others.’ The first book, ‘Enchantress,’ was self-published, but eighteen months … Continue reading

Births, Quilting and Other Excuses for Not Writing

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This past month I have had lots of time to read, but the writing has disappeared out the window. These are my excuses: Too excited, awaiting for the birth of my first grandchild – and the owners of the Spanish … Continue reading