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New Goodreads review of Jigsaw Island

Thank you to David Tucker for this lovely review on Goodreads September 22, 2020 A very timely, humane book, full of heart and humour. It is believable and its structure is never contrived. One is drawn in through the alternating … Continue reading

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Herkos odonton – a barrier of teeth i.e. keeping secret

OK, opening the barrier, and about to give away one of my secrets. Not that I have a bronze medal for Scottish Highland and Country dancing, not that I was asked to give up maths in 5th year because I … Continue reading

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Another five star review for JIGSAW ISLAND

Thanks to Jillian Morton for her review of JIGSAW ISLAND. Deleted a couple of words because – oops – they contain a spoiler But thank you, Jillian, for a great review. Taken a while to get here from Oz but … Continue reading

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The cuts to our brainchildren that we can’t bear to lose.

Cutting and editing is one of the most difficult things to do as a writer. Some years ago, I started a novel based on a situation (a hugely dysfunctional neighbourhood) then realised there wasn’t a strong enough story. So I’ve … Continue reading

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JIGSAW ISLAND – new review on Goodreads

This is a warm and delightful read. I really enjoyed it. Characters and relationships are brought to life with skilfully written and convincing dialogue. The relationships are believable and very relatable. All in all, it was an engrossing plot, well … Continue reading

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For those of you who remember calypso…

Shopping calypso, shopping calypso, hear all about it – yakka-yak-yak Morrisons Sainsburys Aldi and Tesco – giving out the discounts and getting it back Well we had a happy ‘sperience in Teignmouth town Never thought our groc’ry store would let … Continue reading

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Non-parent writing about parenting issues – where have I gone right?

Having ducked out of the whole breeding issue, I stand as an observer of friends, family, colleagues – and partner – who have all trodden that uneven path. I’ve been lassoed in from time to time, as a totally unprepared … Continue reading

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Start ’em young

In 1990s in Berkshire, I ran a young people’s performance group, Fable Productions. Students devised, wrote, and performed their own plays. I remember them all. ​ Occasionally, I wrote plays based on students’ ideas. Wonder do they remember me? And … Continue reading

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An island like a jigsaw piece upon a painted ocean…

Managed only a foundation year at art school but loved every minute – still fiddle with paintbrushes and collect art. Top left ‘Condo Blue’ by Dean L Hohn, a Tasmanian photographer, top right 3D artwork by Liz Shreeve, Australian artist … Continue reading

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Another story – this time lighter – about a little girl and an Archangel – and set in Greece…

I wrote this between TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS (eBook here) and JIGSAW ISLAND (eBook here). It’s a long short story, hopefully heartwarming but nearly 4,000 words – so only for the brave… MESSAGE TO ARCHANGEL MICHAEL 25th October 2018 Hi Mum … Continue reading

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