Author Archives: Sarah

Armchair Exploring 4 – Japan

My love for The Pillow Book has been well-documented, and when I started to count how many Japanese writers I have on my ‘loved books’ shelf, I must admit I was surprised. Latest addition are the short stories of Yoko … Continue reading

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Writing in your swimsuit

As an ex-fashion student, I’m already convinced that the clothes we wear have an impact on how we feel. It’s an interesting dilemma these days when I write mostly from home and don’t need to make any attempt to impress. … Continue reading

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Shake Up Your Writing – one-day workshop

STOP PRESS: HAVE JUST HEARD THAT THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED (IN LESS THAN A WEEK!!) BECAUSE OF DEMAND, WE WILL BE RUNNING A DUPLICATE THOUGH LATER SO PLEASE CONTACT tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON … Continue reading

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Armchair exploring, part 2 – Czech Republic and Norway

Who on earth arranged this travel itinerary??? Geez, you could almost believe I didn’t do very well at geography in school. 1. First stop on this whizz-bang tour is The Czech Republic. HOW I CAME TO KNOW FISH by Ota … Continue reading

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Armchair Exploring – 1st stop EGYPT

(Read about my armchair exploring project here) And we’re off… And in fine style too. Naguib Mahfouz is one of Egypt’s best known authors and Nobel Prize winner, but this is the first book of his I’ve read. As the … Continue reading

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Reading My Way Around the World in 2015

It’s like a New Year quiz. How many countries in the world are there?? Well, here’s a thing. No one is quite sure. But I’m going to go round the world in 2015. Not really of course. Better than that. … Continue reading

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Happy holidays!

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Sharing confidences like this is our last night alive….

There has been something special about nearly every writing group I’ve been part of, or indeed led. Often I won’t even know the ‘normal’ facts about the other writers – whether they are married, what job they do, how many … Continue reading

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Sharing ideas and stepping outside your comfort zone…

The subject line of this post is a quote from the application of Francesca Stocker, the new Poet Laureate of Bendenden School. Here she is with Abegail Morley. I was lucky enough to judge the competition this year, and announce … Continue reading

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Hidden messages and what’s your weirdness standard?

It was probably hard to avoid the launch of William Gibson’s book, The Peripheral in London this week even if you wanted to. From Start the Week to the 30th anniversary of Neuromancer, a book, he said, he had little … Continue reading

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