Not in Front of the Adults

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One of the problems when writing middle grade fiction is getting rid of the parents. This appeared to be easier in the past as children roamed freely in books such as ‘Five Children and It‘ and the ‘Famous Five Series’ … Continue reading

Why I’m obsessed by old brickworks

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  I first saw the beehive shaped brick kiln at Bailey’s Hard on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire in July 1996. The following year I took a class of ten year olds on a field trip to Beaulieu Village and … Continue reading

Delight or Despair?

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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

The Anapestic Doctor

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I wrote this poem last December during a creative writing course based at Rochester Adult Education Centre. Local authorities and government policies should recognise the importance of adult education in contributing to the health and welfare of the population. As … Continue reading