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Highwaymen, Mariners and Vampires: My Favourite Poems by Kendra Leighton

  I have to admit, I’m not generally a big poetry reader. But I’ve read enough to have firm favourites, and there are three poems in particular that have lodged … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment


Long before I’d gained the ability to actually finish a story (no matter how brief) I was fiendishly scribbling down poetry, sometimes at a rate of two or three new pieces a day. I have notebooks full of poems dating back to when I first gained permission from my teachers to use joined up writing. Some of it isn’t even that bad, if I do say so myself.

September 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Kerry Drewery : Why finding your people is important.

I could bleat on about this all day, go on about what a difference it makes, but instead here are my five (reasonably succinct) reasons why finding your people is … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

How I Generate Story Ideas, by Kendra Leighton

How do you come up with story ideas? What a meaty question! Our imaginations are the result of a lifetime’s real-life experiences, countless films, books, TV shows and newspaper articles, as well as something that’s just … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · 1 Comment


I always give this as a top tip for cracking writers’ block: go somewhere new. But the proviso is – go there to write, rather than just as a displacement … Continue reading

March 30, 2015

Group post – our favourite inspirational quotes

Welcome to our first group post of 2015! Today, we’re sharing our favourite inspirational quotes about writing.   Janet Edwards   This one is for every hopeful author faced with a dreaded … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Quote on Failure & Success

“L’échec est le fondement de la réussite.” I bought a bag from a charity shop with those words on them when I was fifteen. I knew enough French to know … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · 2 Comments


Hello, lovely readers. My name is Zoë Marriott and I am a stationery addict. Pens of all colours and types, highlighters, propelling pencils, Post-Its of every shape and size, paperclips … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

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