UK Authors

The Guardian's First Self-Published Book Prize Winner - Finally Some Recognition for Self-Published Authors

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Self-publishing is a double-edged sword because, whilst it provides people with a direct route to market, some of the cheaper, automated publishers offer their services to absolutely anyone, regardless of the quality and presentation of the written work. This is where the problem lies, as it's not the content or the idea of self-published books that often lets it down, but the delivery...

Teaching Children About War: Mum's Not the Word

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

The 70th anniversity of D-Day the centenary of the First World War pinpoint 2014 as a year of wartime nostalgia. Amongst fabulous stories of rebel veterans absconding from their care homes to Normandy and colourful re-enactment celebrations, one of the quieter questions being bartered around is 'do kids really know what's going on?.'

Hay-on-Wyte

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tess Finch-Lees

After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!

What Maya Angelou Taught Us About Being Strong Women

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us may have encountered Maya Angelou via a school oruniversity syllabus, but once our eyes rested on her powerful words, it was love at first ...

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Today is a very sad day for me. The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always has been. His passion for nature as profoundly strong as ever and he was just as outspoken as ever.

Why It's Important to Discover What You DON'T Know You Want Online

Dan Franklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dan Franklin

When it comes to the cultural choices we make: the films and plays we see, the gigs we attend, the exhibitions we visit, the books we read, no-one really knows what they want. That's what can make cultural life rich and surprising.

Bestselling Crime Writer, Sheila Quigley, Discusses Her New Novel 'Lady in Red'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Sheila Quigley is a bestselling crime writer from the North of England. She hit the news in her mid-fifties when she signed her first publishing deal for a six-figure sum with Random House.

Interview: Trista Hendren, Feminist Activist and Author, on Her New Book 'Mother Earth'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Trista Hendren is a feminist activist who co-founded Rapebook, a Facebook page set up to campaign against rape humor and other abusive content on Facebook.

How to Take a Good Author Photo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Your work is being published and you are over the moon. The work being published has been created so all the hard work is over, right? WRONG!

Ten Publishing Trends: An Indie Author's Take

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK
Laxmi Hariharan

The most interesting part of a publishing conference is normally the wrap-up session. By then, you have worked out that all the authors are in the same boat: i.e. hoping to be mainstream published, but meanwhile contemplating going Indie.

10 Top Tips for Debut Authors: What Every Writer Needs to Know About Their First Time

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

Last week, my first novel was published. I didn't, in all honesty, have any clue what to expect: it's not as though there's a training course called 'How To Be A First-Time Novelist' which lays out what's going to happen... I thought I'd share my top ten things every author needs to know before their first time.

Do You Constantly Feel Guilty?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

It sounds obvious, but maybe you were a child who picked at scabs. You know you shouldn't spend time with those individuals who deplete your energy and leave you feeling guilt ridden - so stop doing it! Chose your friendships wisely and mix with those of a sunny disposition.

Pay the Writer

Sara Sheridan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

A lot of writers don't only earn less than the national average wage, they earn far less than the minimum wage. I'm not talking about writers who are unpublished or indeed, failed by any measure - I'm talking about people whose books have been taken on by bona fide publishers and whose work is building a steady, if not bestselling following.

Should the MOD Take UFOS More Seriously?

Neil Spring | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Neil Spring

Lights in the sky are one thing, near misses quite another, and as much as the MOD is happy to publicise the dubious (and often humorous) reports from members of the public, they aren't nearly as forthcoming as to remind us that the National Air Traffic Control Services detect around one unidentified flying object every month.

A Thrilling Read and A Fascinating Author - Meeting Bestselling Writer Peter May

Claire Meadows | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Peter May is a writer who needs no introduction. An award winning journalist at the age of twenty-one, he left newspapers for a career in television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time drama serials, including 1978's The Standard.

Writing Exercises That May Help You to Become More Creative

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Writing should be a labour, but a labour of love. You should at least enjoy some degree of your writing so here are some quick exercises that may help you to become more creative. Find your writing space, wear whatever you're most comfortable in

How to Handle Toddler Tantrums in Adults!

Alice Grist | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Tantrums are not something we really grow out of. We simply learn to act differently within them. But the solutions remain the same. As adults witnessing tantrums the most loving and spiritual thing we can do is to be a beacon of love and patience.

Daily Routines Of Haruki Murakami, Freud And Other Great Minds Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

How do the greatest minds in literature and science go about their day behind closed doors? A fascinating peek at their daily activities is encaps...

Tim Teeman on the Private Life of Gore Vidal

Ben Mirza | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

The private life of Gore Vidal is what fascinated journalist and author Tim Teeman. In his illuminating new book In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood and the Private World of an American Master, Tim reveals the sexual rollercoaster that was Vidal's life, and how this rollercoaster shaped his views on sex and sexuality in general.

'She Is Not Invisible' Book Review

Alix Long | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

Like any brilliant book, 'She Is Not Invisible' included many merits: it made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all, it made me think.

From Beaches to Hipster Cafes: Finding a Good Place to Write

Patricia Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patricia Evans

Dorothy Parker couldn't have said it any better. Writers have quoted and re-quoted her to describe just exactly how they feel about the writing process. No one can blame them. The writing process is as complex as the human brain and it takes so much for it to be perfected.

November Is National Novel Writing Month

Steve Middleton | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Steve Middleton

So how will I do this? How will I achieve 50,000 words by late evening on Saturday 30 November? The short answer is, I do not know. I could plan everything to the literal letter, but that would feel too much like a military operation to me. My plan is to write, simply write. I intend to let my imagination run wild and hope to write something every single day of November.

How to Get Your Book Published

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

Because I am a published author and I have used both the traditional and self-publishing routes my friends often ask how they can get published and is it better to just self-publish immediately or spend a long time trying to find a traditional publisher willing to publish their work?

Want to Know the Secret of Attracting More Love, Luck and Abundance?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

As a coach what I have come to realise is just how little self worth people actually have for themselves. Most people don't even like themselves, let alone love themselves. Maybe it's their shyness, their figure, their behaviour, their looks, their neediness or inability to say no. I think it's fair to say most of us have something we dislike about ourselves.

Book Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Robert Bradley | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Bradley

Mott has written the novel in a way that you expect it to be an account from one of the more educated characters, whom often doubts their dates and so forth. This use of engagement with the reader, allows the mysterious narrator to guide you through the town and the story, with a somewhat effortless ease.