UK Authors

Novel Feedback: Five Authors Share Their Experiences

Hattie Clarke | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hattie Clarke

Writing your first novel is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying, and sharing your work with someone can give even the calmest writer awaiting feed...

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

'Miffy' Author Dick Bruna Dies Aged 89

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents

Dick Bruna, the author of the children’s books and much-loved character ‘Miffy’, has died at the age of 89. Bruna reportedly died in his sleep a...

AI And The End Of The Human Author

Reuven Cohen | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

Seeking to make my life a bit easier, I recently set out to explore some new breeds of writing and grammar tools dedicated to making me a better writer. I've been a user of the Grammarly tool for a while and have had pretty excellent results.

Why Do The Majority Of Budding Authors Not Complete And Publish Their Book?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Research has shown that the most popular time to start writing a book is at the beginning of the year, following the 'new year new me' trend. People t...

Working Mums And Entrepreneurs: Why We Can Have It All...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.

A Personal Homage To John Berger

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

My wife and I had only one reading at our wedding and it was from his short book. Our lives have been held together by many things, but John Berger's words are the literary resin that binds us. As we turn to face what 2017 holds in store for us - as the angels chatter distills and clarifies - the incredible legacy of Berger's writing is something magical to draw on. It can help see us through.

How To Write A Bestseller

LJ Ross | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
LJ Ross

While the old saying goes that there's a book in all of us, how many of us will actually manage to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, let alone...

Ten Tips To Love What You Write

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Love the feedback. Good, 'bad', indifferent - it will all add to your development as a writer. Sometimes it's hard to accept open criticism, and I certainly would not advise putting up with anything personal or nasty. Be thankful that people are actually reading what you wrote and taking the time to connect.

Creativity And Connectivity: How The Internet Inspires Our Imagination

Shane Hegarty | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Tech
Shane Hegarty

I'd be quite lost without such distraction offered by the world outside or life online. Those daily chance encounters and random diversions often offer a route out of trouble when a story hits a dead end.

A Writers' Responsibility: How I Get Young People Interested In Reading

Stuart Reid | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Reid

Since 2001 more than two million pupils left primary school without the ability to read well. Reading well, and with enjoyment, is a skill that unlocks opportunities at school and in life. If children do not read well, and enjoy reading, by the age of 11 they are likely to suffer social, economic and cultural exclusion as adults.

Seven Essential Tips for Unpublished Authors

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

1. Write a great book. This is very hard and will take you a long time. See (3.). 2. Never refer to yourself as: budding novelist, aspiring novelist,...

How the Time Poor Manage to Write Books

Reneé Davis | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Reneé Davis

This week I finished draft one of my second book, a fiction novel clocking in at almost 80,000 words. Getting to this stage is a wonderful feeling, a...

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

Courting Trouble Can Be Seriously Awkward

Kathy Lette | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Kathy Lette

If I have any strength as a writer it's putting down on paper the way women talk when there are no men around. Outraged at the treatment of women in rape trials, I wanted to address this issue.

Where Is Helen Bailey?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 23.04.2016 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

I met Helen when we were both guests on BBC Breakfast. She was kind, compassionate and so easy to talk to. Of course we then stayed in touch, and I quickly learnt about her work and how her blog and Facebook page offered comfort to many grieving widows.

Ruth Rendell Award Launched to Find Author Who Has Done the Most to Champion Literacy

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Douglas

Nominations for authors or writers who have had a significant influence on the literacy cause in the past year are being sought from schools, charities, libraries, booksellers and individuals. The closing date for entries is 31 May.

Growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression by Author

Will Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Will Green

Sometimes it would be triggered by what was going on around me, what I was watching on TV or reading about and sometimes it was completely at random. For example, if a story about something bad came on the news (and let's face it a lot of the stories are) my mind would instantly race down this tunnel placing people I cared about in this exact situation.

How Jacqueline Wilson's Books Help Teach Kids Empathy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents

Jacqueline Wilson has made a name for herself writing unique children's stories that challenge the stereotypes of a traditional family. From 'Trac...

Tyne For Tea! Interview with Author Tyne O'Connell

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Annette Bette Kellow

Tyne is a triple threat. Not only is she a talented novelist and Mayfair Historian, but she is also impeccably elegant whilst she was recently awarded Eccentric Thinker of The Year by the Eccentrics Club (patron HRH Prince Philip).

14 Easy Costume Ideas For World Book Day

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

Dressing up for World Book Day at school is an exciting change to the ordinary school uniform for children. But for parents, this means getting you...

On Star Wars, The Craft of Writing and What Novelists Can Learn From 'The Force Awakens/

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

Star Wars surpasses genre and transcends viewing age. It is not a children's film. It's an adult film that happens to be suitable for children. As a result, it doesn't patronise children, nor does it attempt to second-guess what kids will find interesting and entertaining.

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

More Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Having been through the process of publishing his first book, I was interested to know whether James foresaw any differences in the way he would approach his second novel.

Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I'm currently working on a new novel that will be published by Headline next year. Keen to understand what awaits me, I tapped James Law and Jenny Blackhurst, two very talented, recently published first time thriller writers, for advice.