UK Writers

What Does 'The End of Hipster' Mean for 'Mipsterz'?

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

Personal experiences of hipsters are a far cry from Williamsburg, New York but instead it was like watching pockets of East London being swallowed up by a swarm of skinny jean wearing, flat white drinking locusts. As preened men were dubbed "Metrosexuals" and "scallies" evolved into "Chavs"; in my circle "Indie" became "Hipster".

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

Buying the Book the Old-Fashioned Way

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Orlagh McCarron

It's a case of first world problems at their finest. Individually, paying the extra amount for an item that is locally crafted and sold as oppose to opting for the cheaper, mass-produced variety makes little difference but changes are wrought when carried out collectively; local businesses thrive and that personal sense of locality and camaraderie can live on alongside our virtual communities.

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.

Women Writers Are Getting a Raw Deal

Sara Sheridan | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Female writers earn averagely only 77.5% of what their male counterparts earn. That's taking into account the bestselling efforts of the likes of JK Rowling. I'm an historical novelist and given that over 80% of fiction is bought by women I found that statistic particularly surprising.

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.

Press Night Pressure - Behind the Scenes of 'Bel-Ami' the Musical

Abigail Poulton | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abigail Poulton

If performing on a West-End stage for the first time wasn't daunting enough, I had to perform to a sold-out auditorium of industry figures, theatre critics and honorary guests...

You Can Be a Word Power

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

In the world of words and ideas the diminutive SMS (short message service) can be called the amoeba of new age text. When the god of technology created the virtual world, the SMS found the ideal forum for regeneration and reproduction. It gave birth to what we now know as tweets and blogs. It was only a matter of time before the e-book too was born.

Is It Possible to 'Ghostblog' for a Leading CEO?

Mark Hillary | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

I have been blogging now for over a decade. In fact, I have watched blogs mutate from the original form of 'web-logging' that was just like keeping an online diary to the present-day where most people get their news about the world from blogs.

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.

How to Write a Sentence

James Thomas | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

Where shall/should you/one start/begin? At the start/beginning, of course! You ought always, and in everything you do, to begin a sentence at the beginning. It is simply no good to start in the middle and work your way out. I guarantee that you will become confused.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Anna Jordan | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Anna Jordan

Winning the Bruntwood Prize will change my life on all levels; from knowing that my play YEN will be developed right down to not having to pay RBS forty quid a month for the privilege of having their bloody overdraft.

Efron or Hack

Sadie Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

We were in my old neighbourhood of North London as we set about our catch up when talk led on to the fact that as I've been working out, a lot, my stomach is now back to semi firm; I proudly declared "I'm ready!"

What Do Writers Do?

Sara Sheridan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Earlier this year I was asked to take part in a writing project in the UK's second UNESCO City of Literature - Norwich

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?

Circuits for Authors | Will Robots Ever Write a Booker Prize Winning Novel?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

So we're clear on this so far - robots can create formulaic novels that very well stand a chance of having a target group and they can also create hit music. Now here's the crux of the argument - do we really want to live in a world where novels are formulaic and music is only made by machines? Oh wait, it is already so.

Marfan Syndrome Is Not a Laughing Matter

Danielle Lowe | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The Internship makes reference to Marfan Syndrome, a heart condition, that if not treated effectively can kill and even with preventative methods does not stop death from being a risk. Sadly, they aren't doing it in a positive light. They are doing it in a joking fashion, and while raising awareness of the condition, they are also ultimately making it a laughing stock.

Write What You Know

Henry Fosdike | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Henry Fosdike

The problem with blogging is that it's so much harder than essay writing. Yes, I know. "But how can it be when you can write anything?" Well, that's exactly the point. There's just so much to write about.

Writing Space

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Deborah C Dooley

'I mean, it's not as if we don't have it,' she said hurriedly. 'Our savings account is very healthy.' I nodded, forgetting for a moment that she couldn't see me and then hoping that she'd sense my understanding. I felt saddened that like so many others, she felt that the love affair she was having with writing wasn't worthy of her time and money. That she didn't deserve to have this passion in her life.

Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

Sara Bran | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition.

What Writers Earn: A Cultural Myth

Sara Sheridan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

I write historical fiction. I've been a full-time professional writer for almost 20 years. I realized early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job. Because there are no pay grades and very little structure, people make interesting assumptions about the profession.

Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

Sara Bran | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle.

Lena Dunham and the Voice of My Generation

Hugh Bassett | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Bassett

Girls is littered with examples of overindulged, entitled twenty-somethings, unable to hold down a job for more than a few months due to personality clashes and boredom, while being entirely self-obsessed and overly concerned with every aspect of their own lives from fashion to food. It paints a picture of an age group trapped in arrested development, desperately unable to grow up.

Food for Thought

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Deborah C Dooley

We sat in the kitchen for our writerly discussion. He held a sheaf of A4 paper, covered in typescript while I was armed with my favourite pen and my kitchen reading glasses. I slid them onto my nose, squinting around the scratches and food smudges. Two mugs of tea and a plate of just baked flapjacks sat on the table between us.

Five Reasons You Are a Writer

Stefania Mattana | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stefania Mattana

Whenever you write something - anything- a crucial question may come up at some point, (regardless of whether you want to be published or not), that is: have you really got what it takes to be a writer? I will never be tired of repeating it: we are all born writers.