UK Writers

If You Want to Be a Writer Then Write!

Mark Hillary | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

I once wrote to the legendary poet asking for a few ideas on how to write work that would sell. His hand-written note (incidentally just a few weeks before his death in 1998) featured the words: "...if you haven't written the work, of course it will never happen. The stuff has just to be written."

Are You Brave Enough?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

I read it, and even though I was only a kid my mind was truly blown. I think since then I've managed to read pretty much everything else PKD wrote, and it is a stunning body of work. But The Man in the High Castle, for me, stands literally head and shoulders over all the rest.

Misery

Tony Schumacher | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

Misery is as good as it gets for me, and I'm always happy to chat about it at writer events. Just do me one favour though, if we ever meet, please don't tell me you're my number one fan, I'll not sleep if you do.

Lights Camera Action

Lady Terry Robinson | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lady Terry Robinson

Our best creative work happens when we are in flow, using our imaginations, having fun. Obviously there will come a point where we become hypercritical of our writing and believe we'll never be the next e.e. Cummings, E.L. James or J.K. Rowling.

Are Writers Certifiably Crazy?

Ellis Shuman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

The symptoms are getting worse. I wake up at night, my mind racing at a frantic pace, the ideas flooding me with a tidal wave of creativity. Afraid th...

Five Disturbing Things You Don't Know About Getting Published

Sara Sheridan | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

You've finished your manuscript, sought out an agent and are hopeful your wonderful book will be snapped up. Here are some little-known facts about what happens next... you're walking into the lion's den.

Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

Alix Long | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Keren David, author of Salvage, to explain her inspiration for writing the book, the issue of broken family relationships and if everything (as is suggested by her title) can eventually be 'salvaged'...

Pen Names - Why Authors Change Sex

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...

My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

What are you still doing here? You're like a stray following me home; shoo... go away... start writing! Alright, we both know I don't really want you to go away, otherwise I would have just stopped writing and gone and made another coffee.

'Losing It' by Helen Lederer - An Interview and Book Review

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down. Wrapped in this brilliant comedy is the more serious change made by the protagonist, Millie, who loses some of her criticalness of others and herself, which perhaps is an important element of Helen Lederer's new 'Mid-Lit' genre as it is in mid-life.

Why Wearing Pyjamas All Day Is Fine...

Samantha Baines | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Yes, it is alright for some (without going into the fact that being self-employed is actually quite challenging), it's alright for me Mr. Delivery Man because I proudly wear my pyjamas during the day and here is why: Pyjamas are comfy.

Things That Turn Writers Off

Sadie Brown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

As my budding writer displayed so beautifully in point two, text talk drives me insane. It is really so taxing to write, 'I am' as opposed to 'ima' (vomit), or another favourite among word thieves, 'yea'. I think they mean 'yeah' but by that point, I've lost interest.

Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

Alix Long | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels.

PUBLISH! Yes, You Can

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Fraser

But crowdfunding is fairly standard now, and people are getting the hang of it. Many books, films, music albums and so on have been very successfully made this way. It's a long road, but it's A ROAD, and I am on it, and moving forwards.

Fibs, Lies and Porky Pies Number One - It's OK If We're Only Lying to Ourselves Right?

Leanne Davis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Leanne Davis

We don't intend to drink two bottles of wine when we specifically said we were only going to have one glass. That I would call weak-willed. Falling into the world-wide-web I would label as procrastination. And when we say we have learned our lesson and will never date someone 'like that' again, we genuinely mean it.

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

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 05.09.2014 | 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 25.08.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.