Why writing is like kayaking

Posted Aug 21 2020 in , , , , ,

As many of you know, I was on holiday last week. For me, a highlight of that time at a lakeside cottage was kayaking, previously new-to-me but something I enjoyed and want to do more often. And as I paddled on a tranquil lake near Canada’s famed Algonquin Park, a place that has inspired artists, writers […]

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From encyclopedias to Google: Looking things up in life and writing

Posted Jul 24 2020 in , , , ,

Amongst the many bookshelves in my childhood home, one of them (although not pictured here) held an encyclopedia set. In that pre-Internet world, those twenty-five volumes (hardcover and bound in cream with touches of red, black and gold) were my window on the wider world. One of my earliest reading memories is matching “Z” for […]

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Wishing on a wishing tree

Posted Jul 10 2020 in , , , ,

“There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town…” That’s from the blurb for my most recent book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, a story about wishes come true, even for those who have given up on wishes. […]

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Voices in my head

Posted Jun 12 2020 in , , , , , ,

In a Twitter exchange earlier this week, my author friend Jane Cable commented on the importance of writer friends, saying: “They don’t think you’re odd to have voices in your head.” Although Jane and I were chatting about finding writing inspiration (which usually for me comes at random and whilst doing something else), her comment […]

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