As far as I'm concerned these two devices allow me to do exactly the same thing: write. They're both portable, admittedly one more so than the other, yet they couldn't be more different. One cost me around a thousand pounds, the other fifty. One of them is less than a year old and will probably … Continue reading Progress?
Over March-May I'll be Writer in Residence at Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre. I'll be seeking stories to fictionalise from local people regarding the theatre itself, Stafford and the surrounding area, with the possibility of publication on the Gatehouse website. I'll also be offering one-to-ones to writers seeking guidance, or those who have always fancied writing but … Continue reading Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Residency
Here's an article I wrote for the Royal Literary Fund's Collected showcase, in which they rather generously describe me as a radio dramatist... You can find my other radio-related posts here. I'm a writer, editor, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Find out more, tweet me, or email.
I'll be appearing at Birmingham Literature Festival on October 6th, talking about literary entrepreneurship. The panel, called Making Writing Work, will be chaired by Malachi MacIntosh, and also feature Nick Makoha and Crystal Mahey-Morgan. We are in the midst of a literary revolution. Gone are the days when writers followed just one career path, as now we welcome … Continue reading Sightings
It's easy to get your writing out of Scrivener into another editor for the final polish using the Compile function. In my case, I always compile to Microsoft Word. Something I've wrestled with for a while, however, is getting the headers and footers in Word just how I want them. Fortunately, as with most things … Continue reading Setting Headers and Footers at Compile Stage in Scrivener
I’ve been to some great gigs in my time. Here are five of my favourites, in no particular order. Suede, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1 November 1994 I was into Suede from the first moment I heard their music, and really loved the angst in the guitar sound. This was one of the first gigs at … Continue reading My standout gigs
I know punctuation was one of your favourite things at school, right up there with long division, but there's often confusion over certain points. I've put together the examples below to help clarify some of these, as a misplaced apostrophe or hyphen can cause all manner of problems. COMMAS Commas are widely misunderstood, and generally … Continue reading Punctuation Basics