Fantasy Dinner Party – Sharon Hammad

The guests at my fantasy dinner party would include: The Princes in the Tower – because they are the only people who know the truth about what happened to them and, after all, they deserve a nice meal; Muhammed Ali … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Caroline Scott Collins

I would invite Rhod Gilbert: Comedian Rhod makes me fall about laughing with his take on ordinary every day life. He’d add sparkle and humour to the party with his jokes and I could pick up a few ideas on … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Annette Siketa

I would invite: Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – the world’s greatest misogamist meets, (arguably), the world’s greatest Queen, who of course, just happened to be his daughter.  How would bullying Hal justify ‘necking’ her mother? Albert Einstein and Stephen … Continue reading

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A Review of the Short Story Competition

Now that the competition has come to an end for this year, I thought it would be useful to say a little about what we looked for in judging and an overview of what we found. I was pleasantly surprised … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Michael Mohr

Michael Mohr Living in the Bay Area, in Northern California, Michael Mohr has been writing, in a sense, his whole life. From his writer-mother reading stories to him in the living room as a child, to journaling and writing amateur … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Anita Louise Jay

I should invite Dickens, Wordsworth, Joseph Boyden and Khaled Hosseini – with advice from great literary minds like these my writing should improve! Then I would add Trevor Noah to keep my guests entertained, as he is one of the … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Chris Cooke

The people I would invite to dinner would be : Neil Peart, the drummer for the band, RUSH – Neil has written all the lyrics for every song the band has ever done and, in my opinion, is one of … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Allison Symes

P.G. WODEHOUSE The UK’s funniest prose writer was first published in the reign of Queen Victoria and last published in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II! I’d love to ask which he preferred writing – novels or short stories, who … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Henry Mitchell

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The people I would invite to dinner are as follows :- I love dinner parties. I built a big table that seats a dozen just so we could invite folk over in critical mass for lively conversation and entertaining argument. … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Dorothy Davies

The people I would invite to dinner are as follows :- Henry VIII – I have already written his life story from his perspective, he will be only too pleased to come and regale the other guests with stories of … Continue reading

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Genre Choice – Peter Glassborow

I am always surprised that many authors only write in one genre. I know that authors are often advised to write the sort of book that they would like to read, but do they only like one kind of book? … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Jacqui Pack

Jacqui Pack Jacqui Pack has been writing since 2006, when, on impulse, she took a Creative Writing course with Portsmouth College.  Once she started writing, she found it impossible to stop, and the following year began studying with the Open … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party – Roger Noons

The people I would invite to dinner are as follows :- Gillian Clarke – The National Poet of Wales, because she has the most soothing of voices, with a gentle Welsh lilt. I would invite her to read some of … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Lilliana Rose

Why are you a writer? Writing has always been part of my life. When young, I would create my own stories, build my own worlds and make up characters to play in them – usually places where my soft toys … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Jackie Tritt

Why are you a writer? Because it’s something I love to do, and when it’s working well, there’s nothing more satisfying. What was your first writing success? I wrote a puppet play of Hiawatha when I was about nine, and … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Judith Bruton

Why are you a writer? I relish writing short fiction at the point where my memories collide with my imagination. I enjoy creating many diverse scenarios and believable characters to tease out ideas about life, love and just about everything … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Iris Woodbury

Iris Woodbury Iris Woodbury writes fantasy and children’s literature. It all started when, for her sister’s sanity, she was asked to calm down two naughty nieces who were fighting in the back of the car, Iris created a story: ‘Pixies … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Hannah Spencer

Why are you a writer? I am a dreamer. My mind is constantly exploring fantastic worlds, meeting new people, imagining lives for them. It was a small step to start writing them down. Often it is the only way I … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Michael Mohr

Why are you a writer? My whole life, to some extent, was spent listening to my mother read stories to me, listening to others’ stories, reading, journaling. In my twenties, I spent five years on and off hitchhiking around the … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Margaret Pearce

Why are you a writer? Good, bad or indifferent I just am. Even if I started off ONLY writing my diary entries. It is a form of communication (even only to myself and I CAN’T HELP IT) What was your … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Richard Smith

Why are you a writer? When I’m completely absorbed in the creation of the puzzle of a poem or story, there’s a sense of excitement, mystery and challenge that can be hugely rewarding. Watching my audience or readers caught up … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Nancy Christie

Why do you write? Because I don’t know what else to do, really. I mean, I’m competent at a number of other tasks and could probably get a job in an office somewhere doing something but all I want to … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Anita Louise Jay

Why are you a writer? I write because I MUST! What was your first writing success? I suppose my first writing success was at the age of 6, when my English teacher mounted a poem I had written, and placed … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Lilliana Rose

Lilliana Rose I have done many things in my life, from hiking the Inca trail twice, to baking cakes and experimenting with DNA. This has fed her imagination and spurred her to write. With over 40 poems published my poetry … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing – Roger Noons

Why are you a writer? I have to create something on a regular basis. It used to be photography, then drawing, now it’s writing. The variations came about as a result of changing my life to fit in with the … Continue reading

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