Manchester City of Literature

Manchester City of Literature

Last year, I applied to become the Chairperson of the Manchester City of Literature; I didn’t make the decision until the eleventh hour and I was probably more surprised than anyone when the steering committee selected me to become its chair. UNESCO designated...

Thoughts on Writing

I’m placing my fingers on these keys and punching out a few thoughts before I return to the real work of writing fiction. Since my debut novel was published in late 2006…I harboured a dream to write books ranging from children’s to science-fiction,...

Writing Exercises: The Story Game

Image of ‘Children’ from Wikipedia Want to test the enduring power of story-telling? Just say “once upon a time…” and witness the effect on a child. Is it social conditioning or genetic? I don’t know, but I know we were made for...

How a Writer Should Deal With Rejection

Many writers believe they’re that perfect writer, the genius, the one who just penned the Great Novel. But they just haven’t got round to sending it.So you’re waiting for the right moment to send your manuscript? Yes, I know it’s literary gold...

Metaphor: The Heart of Poetry

Long before the typewriter, philosophers had charted the realm of poetry.Over two thousand years ago Aristotle wrote:”The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; it is also a sign of genius,...