Getting the Picture finally comes home

‘Getting The Picture astutely probes the quotidian eeriness of that other planet that is old age and a life recollected. Marvelous.’ WILLIAM GIBSON ‘The best novels seduce the reader, so allow the wonderful chorus of voices in Sarah Salway’s Getting The Picture to do just that. Let them whisper secrets, plans and mysteries; of the…Continue Reading

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 Ogawa. But while I didn’t pick her, because I’ve read her stories so recently, do…Continue Reading

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 THE WAITING LIST FOR THAT. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW. I’m really pleased to let you…Continue Reading

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 Pavel. There’s a great interview with Ota Pavel here which gives a clear description of…Continue Reading

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 title suggests, it’s a tribute to One Thousand and One Nights, starting off where that…Continue Reading

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. My resolution is to read one book from 50 different countries over the next year.…Continue Reading