Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.

So what IS feminist about Perfect Ten?

Posted Posted in 2019, Feminism, Feminist, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized

My novel Perfect Ten is number nine in the Feminist Critique category again. It was previously a bestseller in that category along with Naiomi Alderman’s The Power and Mary Beard’s Women and Power. So what makes my psychological thriller about revenge feminist? I am always interested in what people who read Perfect Ten have to […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 19

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Creativity, Stories, Writer

Patience. It was all going so well. Too well. My writing tackles difficult subjects while still trying to keep the shape of the embedded stories that resonate with readers. In my current WIP I’m looking at issues around grief and stress and what they can do. But the story is uplifting as well as a quest narrative. It’s complicated. Because of this I know […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 18

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Writer

Writing with friends. Today was the first Oldha Writing Group of the year Oldham Library. We sat down with coffee and each other and talk about our work. This is such a valuable process, where we get to air the inevitable self-doubt that working in isolation brings. We also share and receive tips and experiences. Last night we looked at opening […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 16

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Storytelling, Writer

Things aren’t always what they seem. One question I get asked all the time is: is your main character based on you? Is it you?’ This picture is one of my favourite views. It’s of Hartshead Pike, a landmark that my mother always lived in sight of. I took this picture on Christmas Day 2017. The sky was blue and […]