Poet in Residence @ St George’s Gardens Mixed Borders

Back in February I applied to be a (Trainee) Poet in Residence at one of the gardens open for London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend. A short biography and three poems were submitted to the Poetry School. I soon heard that my application was successful. An induction day at the Poetry School followed where the other… Continue reading Poet in Residence @ St George’s Gardens Mixed Borders

Visitors from Cameroon

Today, in our out of the way corner of Wiltshire, we had two visitors from Cameroon, I made blueberry muffins and they tried a Virtual Reality undersea experience (they prodded sea anemones and had close encounters with giant jelly fish) and Virtual Reality Google earth. When hubby asked where to start lookingĀ to find their home… Continue reading Visitors from Cameroon

Beloved by Toni Morrison – Close reading of opening pages

Nearly all novel writing advice will tell you that the first pages of the novel have to orientate and hook the reader/agent/editor. They should provide the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of the story, and ask sufficiently interesting questions to make them want to read on. This blog post tries to understand how Toni Morrison… Continue reading Beloved by Toni Morrison – Close reading of opening pages

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje- Close reading of opening pages

You can read an introduction and the opening chapter of The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje here at the Barnes and Noble website. Nearly all novel writing advice will tell you that the first pages of the novel have to orientate and hook the reader/agent/editor. They should provideĀ  the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of… Continue reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje- Close reading of opening pages