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Fifth Draft

… and still a work in progress. This is why I can never quite believe writers who say they write perfectly the very first time. And where’s the fun in that? This revision (above) has helped me work out what … Continue reading

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Letters

Remember this? Old fashioned Basildon Bond notepaper with a lined sheet to put under your letter so you could write in nice straight lines, and blotting paper so that you didn’t smudge. Because of course it’s expected that you will … Continue reading

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Babysteps

Sometimes it’s good to go back to the beginning, and that’s what I’ve been doing over the last few weeks. Reminding myself why I like writing, trying out new characters, freewriting with no real end in sight, trying out new … Continue reading

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In the news…

I’m very happy to report that Digging Up Paradise has been making some news recently. Here are a few of the cuttings:

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Walking the Dog – a poem for Critical Voices

So many interesting voices, so many notes and so many ideas floating around Tunbridge Wells today after the Critical Voices conference organised by Graham Shaw for the Royal Society of Arts. It’ll take some time to process them, but for … Continue reading

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Visit some Kent gardens with me…

To celebrate the launch of Digging Up Paradise, I’m very pleased to tell you that Visit Kent are running a fantastic competition. The prize is a stay at the luxury Rowhill Grange Hotel, with free entrance to two of the … Continue reading

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Arts and Wellbeing – RSA Tunbridge Wells and Poetry Exchange

This week, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of two fascinating meetings that have made me think about arts and wellbeing. The first was one I chaired, for the RSA in Tunbridge Wells, with Carol Lynch, Chief Executive of … Continue reading

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News, news…

I’m so proud to have my work and love of the landscape featured in the Independent on Sunday yesterday. A double page spread, no less. And to be on author, Pam Johnson’s website, Words Unlimited this week too. If you … Continue reading

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A Poem for Half-Term Parents…

The Interruption For Lia When I tell my daughter I’m working she nods, pulls her chair right up to mine, elbows out, breath hot with cheese and onion crisps. She chooses a red pencil, starts chewing, sighs over her blank … Continue reading

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A Natural Navigation Murder in Hyde Park

Tristan Gooley, aka The Natural Navigator, Shaun Levin, and I are doing a Landscape Writing course together for the Arvon Foundation in August – a Field Guide to Writing, so when Tristan invited me to join him and other keen … Continue reading

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