Monthly Archives: November 2011

How I Found My Mentor By William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Whenever one dedicates oneself to a discipline that demands years of practice, be it writing, cooking, or Zen Buddhist meditation, a … Continue reading

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A host, a torrent, an unseasonal flood of congratulations. Take a blow, please: Victoria Whitworth, whose The Bone-Thief, is coming out with Ebury Press, early in the New Year. Sophia Bartleet was the early editor on that, and I did … Continue reading

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Who tells the story by Fay Sampson

Guest author and blogger Fay Sampson is the author of numerous books for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children’s Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for The … Continue reading

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HINTERLAND – A guest blog from Julia Hamilton

Julia Hamilton is the author of six novels, most recently Forbidden Fruits and Other People’s Rules, both from HarperCollins. Before those, Julia published with Penguin (A Pillar of Society, The Good Catholic, and After Flora) and Collins / Flamingo (The … Continue reading

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Brit Writers – a final word

A week ago, and after a surge of concern at the way the Brit Writers company operates in a number of areas, I posted these questions on this blog. I notified the company of those questions in advance and asked … Continue reading

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BWA Statement – full text

I promised that I would print in full any statement presented by the BWA. I have just this minute received one and the full text is reproduced below. I’ll comment at length – and I hope for the last time … Continue reading

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A Guest blog from Margaret Skea. Winner of the Historical Fiction section of the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Comp.

Margaret Skea, a participant in last year’s Festival of Writing, was born in Ulster, but now lives in the Scottish Borders, dividing her time between writing, respite and emergency fostering and various church activities.  Previously concentrating on short stories, she … Continue reading

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BWA Brit Writers – request for help

My previous post raised a number of questions to which I and others would like an answer. A national newspaper is currently investigating these matters and would like to speak to people who have direct experience of: Being shortlisted for … Continue reading

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BWA Brit Writers Awards – Some questions

The Brit Writers Awards sprang from a noble intention: a desire to honour and support new writers. Unfortunately, we have noticed  an increasing murmur of concern at some of the BWA’s business practices (for example here, here and here). As … Continue reading

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BWA Brit Writers – the current position

Two years ago, an entrepreneur, Imran Akram, decided to launch a new set of awards – the Brit Writers’ Awards – aimed squarely at the first time writer. In the words of the BWA’s website: “The Brit Writers’ Awards was … Continue reading

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When to break writing rules by Richard Blandford

Guest author and blogger Richard Blandford shares when to break writing rules. Richard is the author of the novels Hound Dog and Flying Saucer Rock & Roll, and the online short story project, The Shuffle. Chances are, if you sign … Continue reading

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What’s done is done … except when it can be undone! by Paul Roberts

A Guest blog from Paul Roberts. Paul is the Director of a successful management consultancy, but also has a passion for writing, with several management textbooks to his name. His first was issued through The Economist, another formed part of … Continue reading

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Time & Motion by Dexter Petley

Dexter Petley is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). He’s a regular on the cult website Time is the novel’s … Continue reading

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