My Write as a Woman

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Hope, Identity, Life, Love, Manchester, Narrative, Writing

A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

Posted Posted in Books, Change, Creativity, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

I went to see the Rolling Stones last week at Old Trafford Football Stadium. I have been a huge fan of them since childhood when my father gave me a record player and some old records. Amongst them was Little Red Rooster and my introduction to blues and rock. It s no secret that I […]

Impostor syndrome: a working class writer and the scenic route

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There are a lot of questions lately about where all the working class writers are; I am here. I was born in a deprived area to parents who worked in factory and trade jobs and who had not attended university. They lived with relatives in the 1960s and saved for a house deposit. When I […]

Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Stories, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, from today until the end of March I’ll be writing articles about ‘flawed’ women in fiction. As a psychologist and as a woman, I have never warmed to passive women in fiction. I see them as a foil to the ‘bad man’ and isn’t that too easy? […]

When I went on a script writing weekend… lessons learned

Posted Posted in Creativity, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

Last weekend I spent three days at Whalley Abbey in Blackburn, Lancashire with Scriptwriting North. Fourteen of us arrived fresh for writing, table reads and some lovely food. But what we got was much, much more. We started with a workshop in character, which was very useful, particularly when it got practical. I mapped out […]

Adele’s song and writing a novel

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Love, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

So what does Adele’s song ‘Hello’ have to do with writing a novel? Apart from the fact that her music is fabulous and that she collected her MBE two people in front of me, I don’t know much about her. What I do know is that her song ‘Hello’ achieves what all writers want to do: identify […]

What would Margaret do? Meeting my literary hero Margaret Atwood

Posted Posted in Creativity, Identity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

Late September I went to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch Margaret Atwood in conversation with Erica Wagner. Flashback to six months previously when I had seen the tickets go on sale and hovered in excitement over the ‘buy’ button until exactly 10am and then feverishly filled in the space in my diary, and […]

The Road to Publication: My Book Deal Moment…

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

It’s Christmas 2016 and I’m making list and checking it twice – a list of literary agents. It’s taken me two years to write my latest novel Perfect Ten and now, after much polishing and reading, it’s time to send it out to try to get a book deal. I’m no stranger to submitting novels […]

New Cover for Random Acts of Unkindness

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It’s Kindle Press’ 2nd anniversary, and the 1st anniversary of the publication of Random Acts of Unkindness, so Kindle Press have kindly revamped the cover. I love it! What do you think? The past year since Random Acts of Unkindness was published has been extraordinary. The book itself has caused lots of discussion and this […]