UK Writing

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

Nurturing Creative Writing in Children and Young People

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I hope that the support for young writers only grows and that we see writing becoming much more widespread for children and young people. I know I certainly am looking forward to reading the great writing of the next generation in the future.

The Magic of the Short Form

Irenosen Okojie | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Irenosen Okojie

The first short story collection I owned sat on my bookshelf for seven years. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it, except at that point, I'd been used to devouring novels, tomes I lugged about everywhere and could lose myself in...

I Think We Need Trashy News

Tam Varcoe | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Tam Varcoe

People moaning about trash news really bores me. We need it. Yeah, I said it. Journalism needs it too. I'm also convinced that a lot of you people that moan about it secretly love it, especially that particular kind of prick that pretends not to know who anyone in Made In Chelsea is. You know who they are, I know you know, you know you know, just admit it

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

The Five Questions Creatives Should Ask Themselves Daily

Cat Neligan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

I've never considered myself 'intuitive' in any way - until the Myers-Briggs personality test told me I am in fact, far more intuitive than I reckoned. Up until then, intuition suggested someone who acts on instinct, and gets it right every time. I would consider myself way more cautious, and definitely a fact-checker - as well as an over-thinker.

It's All Fluff - What's Wrong With Being Commercial?

Lucy Dukes | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Dukes

There are a lot of bloggers, some that I am lucky enough to consider friends, that can write so beautifully about the issues of every day life, offer guidance and counsel, and sometimes persuade us all to take good hard looks at ourselves and the society that we live in, and to those people - I congratulate and solute you, and will continue to read your words in awe of your fabulousness and way with words, but I cannot do it. It's not for me. After all, what's so wrong with being commercial anyway?

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.

60 Postcards in Australia: The Relaunch

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

I'm hitting Australia at the weekend for a 3-week trip, travelling around Melbourne, Adelaide, Cape Tribulation, Whitsunday and with a final night in Brisbane. There was absolutely no way I could head to the other side of the world for an adventure and not use this opportunity to scatter postcards as I go.

Picked Off The Floor By Muhammad Ali

Matt Whyman | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matt Whyman

For a second, I simply stared at Muhammad Ali before remembering to blink and then breathe. I looked around thinking perhaps he was trying to get someone else's attention, but it was so quiet at the time that the only other people in the store were grouped across by the till. Then Ali, one of the world's most celebrated living legends, beckoned me closer.

Why We Need a Writing Version of London Fashion Week

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

Most of the events are free and each year our aim is going to be to focus on a different theme/ form of writing with the overall aim of annually providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

We Created a Tool So Students Can Share Their Work Online to Help Inspire Tomorrow's Researchers

John Hammersley | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
John Hammersley

I'm delighted that a tool we built to help with our own research is now being used by others around the world, and our team is especially proud to have helped support the Nano Ninjas in their robot escapades.

"I Can Write Better Than That..."

Bennett Arron | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

I'm often asked how I started as a sitcom writer - I think 5 times counts as 'often' - and why I think I'm able to teach others how to write them. I ...


Danielle Wood | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Wood

By definition, success is accomplishing an aim or purpose. Success is subjective: to one it is working on Wall Street while to another it's efficientl...

Every Writer Has a "Day Two"

Amy Tucker | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amy Tucker

There is just one big problem with putting yourself out there and declaring "I am going to be a writer" and that is that you have to get on with it an...

English Degree Survival 101

April Salchert | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
April Salchert

Over the last few months I've decided to dust off my PhD proposal. As I've contemplated returning to the academic world, I've reflected on the last fe...

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Annabelle Thorpe

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around 80,000 - 100,000 words), there's the enormity of having to create an entire world, peopled by characters that have come straight out of your imagination.

No, Trigger Warnings Aren't Curtailing Your Freedom

Emma Yeomans | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Yeomans

Writers should always respect their readers. This can mean challenging people by writing about the most relevant and important stories, certainly, but it also means appreciating a reader's needs and struggles. When a single line can completely change someone's experience as a reader and prevent such great hurt, there is no real justification not to.

Why Writing Still Matters

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

The written word is more powerful than ever and we should be empowering children to use it! Let's get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often. This week and always, tell children why writing by hand is important and encourage them to write a letter or card to a relative or friend.

Why the Balkan Wars Matter, 25 Years On

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK
Annabelle Thorpe

Last week, in Dubrovnik, I met a woman called Maya, who had lived in the city her whole life - including the eight months that the city was under sieg...

A Voice From the Dark: Why Talking Taboos Makes for a Better Society

Angela Brightwell | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Brightwell

It's important to share our stories if we can, especially those of us who find it easier to express ourselves through the written word than others may. In fact, it's our duty to do so, in the hope it might help others.

If You Can't Say It, Write It

Jonathan Lee | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lee

I was seventeen when my brother and best friend, Simon threw himself from the top of the local multi-storey car park. He was nineteen and happily, he survived on that occasion. It would be another thirteen years before he finally succeeded and took his own life at thirty two.

The Day I Met Caitlin Moran... Again

Sarah Powell | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Powell

Caitlin Moran is very busy. As well as the second series of Raised By Wolves on Channel 4, there's her new book Moranifesto and she is working on two films with John Niven of Kill Your Friends fame.