UK Writing

An Ode to Children's Books

Sara Sheridan | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

In reading to my daughter when she was younger it became apparent that modern children's writing differs from the classics of my own childhood. Heidi and the Secret Garden might propel me back to the comforts of childhood, but for her fiction from the pre-TV era grated because the prose felt too descriptive.

Proper Job

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Deborah C Dooley

A few years ago, writing for a living gave way to opening a writers' retreat. An occupation that is not remotely proper, or even job-like. Irregular hours, packed with fun and interest and stuffed with nice food and wine.

11 Reasons Why You Are Reading This

Steph Weller | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Steph Weller

If I pick up my phone to use it for its original purpose - to actually ring someone, the temptation is to just have a peek at my newsfeeds. I then get sidetracked and find myself scrolling through '14 of the Most Hilarious Mullet Hairstyles, Ever', but why?

Learning to Listen

Lanette Kauten | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lanette Kauten

I loved books and enjoyed writing, so I spent my time reading and trying to emulate the styles of my favorite authors. My books and their characters became my friends. At that time, the condition Asperger's wasn't known in the US. Children who would have been diagnosed today were considered odd and treated as outcasts back then.

People and Things With Too Many Names

Neil Taylor | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

If you're young or workshy enough to follow us on Twitter (you'll find us @TheWriter, kids), you might have seen us debating what you call the thing that comes and takes the rubbish (or trash) away. Yes, it's The Great Bin Lorry/Rubbish Wagon/Refuse Vehicle Debate...

Plays v Film

Tom Harvey | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

Writing a film is like swimming the Channel, it needs training and preparation, a support team and the right weather and currents, all aligned on the right maps and charts.

Me and My Grandmother

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Deborah C Dooley

Sometimes I think I may be turning into my grandmother. I remember very well how, having flagged down a taxi, she would think nothing of rejecting it if the driver neglected to jump out and open the door for her.

How to Create the World Book Day Authors of Tomorrow

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.

Why Love Letters Belong on Paper

Sue Moorcroft | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moorcroft

In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.

We Need to Change Our Words to Change Our Worlds, Feminists

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

Feminism and the celebration of women as part of a team so that everyone can live better isn't about making huge changes with sweeping manifestos and declarations of WOMAN. Feminism - uniting the genders in equality - can be as simple as using language to find a voice...

Ten Publishing Trends: An Indie Author's Take

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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.

Fiction Is My First Language, So Why Not Use It to Talk About Art?

Tony White | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tony White

Alongside my more traditional literary fiction, novels such as Foxy-T (Faber and Faber), I have been writing short stories about art for a few years now. Perhaps that sounds odd: writing fiction about art. Isn't that (to quote Martin Mull) 'like dancing about architecture'?

Why You Are Never Too Old to Do What You Love

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

A true entrepreneur does what he or she loves, therefore, to them, it is not even like work. Days blend into evenings, weekdays blend into weekends; there is little to no distinction between work and play. No such thing as time off! So, as time passes by and health permitting, why would that person ever want to stop doing what they love?

Book Review: Tabish Khair, How to Fight Islamist Terror From the Missionary Position

Claire Chambers | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Chambers

This is a fast-paced, hilarious novel that nonetheless has sufficient depth to withstand several re-readings. If there's any justice, it's going to be as big a hit in Euro-America as it has been in Khair's home country of India.

Mrs Miss or Ms

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
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Deborah C Dooley

The young policeman stared at me. 'Are you married or not?' he demanded. The irritation in his tone was catching and my own voice was a tad prickly as I told him that was none of his business.

Modern Publishing

Chris Saunders | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

I've kicked around the publishing game for a while. In the past decade I've had two books published by traditional publishers, and four by digital publishers. On the flip side, I've collected more rejections than I can count. I've experienced the high's and the low's, and now I'm going to share with you some of what I've learned...

The Fashion Blogosphere: Rising Stars to Watch in 2014

Harriet Williamson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Harriet Williamson

The fashion blogosphere is massive and there are so many amazing sites to search for style inspiration and DIY fashion tips, but I've narrowed my favourites down to two.

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.

Air From Another Life...

Caragh Little | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee for decaff, from midway through the afternoon. Music. Relaxation exercises - learned strategies of breath.

The Quarter Life Crisis

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

"I'm having a quarter life crisis" I declared grandly to my ridiculously talented friend Carmel. "Oh..." she remarked "...what's that?"

The 'Enemy Within': A Gay Russian Writer Talks about Homophobia and Libel under Putin

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

In times of crisis, Russia hunts for the enemy within; that's what Sergey Khazov tells me when I ask him why there is so much anti-gay sentiment in his country.

Does Anyone Just Do One Job Anymore?

Matt Lacey | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Matt Lacey

Alongside sporadic comedy and acting jobs, I make my living running a business that supplies lasers to the construction industry. This leads to a weird double life, where I juggle a disparate and unconnected set of tasks...

Out in the Cold: Russia and the Sochi Winter Games

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

By signing so much dissent-strangling legislation, by playing to the most reactionary elements in Russian society, by crushing popular protest and by harassing civil society, Putin is dragging Russia away from its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to respect freedom of opinion and expression.

How to Stop Procrastinating: Spend Less Time Online

Charlotte Buxton | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech
Charlotte Buxton

I'm not even sure what it is that I'm addicted to. Perhaps it's the constant access to content that might make me laugh or cry, or maybe it's the daily contest to see if anything I say on Twitter or Facebook will get a reaction, or perhaps it's just the feeling it gives me of always having something to do. Either way, it can't be healthy.

The Arrival of Poetry

The London Magazine | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
The London Magazine

The arrival of poetry is catastrophic. You are seized by indescribable wonder and an equally incomprehensible terror. You face a blank page to write what no one has asked you to write, with very little idea of what you will end up writing.