Saturday, 29 November 2014

Kittens to cats

I was flicking through some old pics recently and came across these of Sita and Steve when they were not much more than kittens.  How they have grown!  It reminded me why they were the inspiration for my book Coming Home.  Simply adorable!

kitten Steve

kitten Sita

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Author now tweeting!

I have finally, after much nagging from lovely writing friends, been persuaded to join the Twittersphere.  I can't figure out how to add this to my blog yet, but if anyone wants to tweet to me, here is  my profile page.  Please do stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Music for Writers

There are some terrific Saturday Schools for Writers as part of the community and adult education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University throughout the Autumn, which offer amazing value and a range of fascinating topics.  

November 22 offers the second in an innovative series called Music for Writers: Emotion, Music and Moving Image.  This is intended for writers, music lovers and film lovers.  How can words, sound and image combine to create something unique? How is music used to express and convey emotion and atmosphere when combined with the medium of film? What is the relationship between sound and image? Using case studies that include films such as The Go-Between (Joseph Losey), Last Year in Marienbad (Alain Resnais) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Psycho, these issues will be explored and examined.

The tutor is an award winning composer and inspiring teacher, who wrote the music for my book trailer for Coming Home

Barry Seaman's work has been performed in the UK and Europe, USA, Canada and Australia, with broadcasts on Radio 3.  His music for silent films Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch Grozny (Alexander Ivanov-Gai 1915) and The Life of Richard Wagner (Carl Froelich 1913) was widely toured in the USA. Barry has a special interest in music as a healing process and is currently working on Mirabai, a large scale multimedia opera that explores the life of Mirabai, mystic poet and dancer from 16th century Rajasthan. A short film of the Krishna dance scene was directed by acclaimed film director, Tony Palmer.  
To hear Gabriel’s Greeting click
All Day Schools cost £29.50.  
To book please contact April Doyle via email to or by phoning 01227 863451
See link for more info.  

Monday, 3 November 2014

Speed writing

I used to write 1000 words an hour.  These days, the words take longer to come. I've not managed in the past to complete the NANO challenge, and with November upon us again, I doubt I will this year.  

But to everyone who does, or for those who simply want to write faster, I came across this excellent blog post by Jennifer Ellis which is full of helpful information and advice. A highly recommended blog!  Definitely made me think I need to be rather more productive.....

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