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

Memories, Music and Medieval Medicine


It’s been a good fortnight for writing and family contacts. Have visited my daughter in Madrid and spent countless hours playing with my new grandaughter. Songs and rhymes that I haven’t thought about for years flew into my consciousness – … Continue reading

The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell


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

The Last Watch of the Night


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Excuse this blog if it’s not strictly about writing. I have been in Spain for three weeks awaiting the arrival of my first grandchild. She arrived nine days ago, later than expected. I expect all grannies, nannies, grandmothers, grand-meres and … Continue reading

Delight or Despair?


Last week, my fantasy novel, ‘The Whirlstone,‘ was rejected by the literary agent I’d submitted it to in November. Usually, this sends me into a state of despair whilst I decide that everything I have ever written is utter rubbish … Continue reading

From the Forest to the Sea – Emily Carr in British Columbia


If you’re in London, try to visit, ‘From the Forest to the Sea,’ an exhibition of paintings, sketchbooks, writings and drawings by Emily Carr (1871-1945) It is the first UK exhibition dedicated to her work and is organised by the … Continue reading