Author Profile – Svetlana Kortchik

Svetlana Kortchik Svetlana Kortchik was born in Russia in a small Siberian town called Tomsk. She lived in Kazakhstan and Ukraine before finally settling in Australia with her mother when she was 16. She has worked as a computer programmer … Continue reading

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Writing Objectives – Nicole Simms

2015 Writing Objectives For 2015, I have many objectives, I’m starting to think I have too many, but I do have my main ones for 2015. My first objective is to have a submission ready novel. I’m currently writing the … Continue reading

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2015 Writing Objectives – Maggie Jones

My writing objective for 2015 is to be able to write a sequel to Blue’s Adventures. I have already made a start, nearly finishing one story and making a start on another. I have ideas that I need to write down before … Continue reading

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2015 Writing Objectives – Roger Noons

WRITING OBJECTIVES FOR 2015 To write more poetry. I have begun a folder called Found Inspirations, which I hope during the year might develop into a pamphlet. It already contains four poems. The idea is to compose pieces based on … Continue reading

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2015 Writing Objectives – Carolyn Cordon

What are your writing objectives for 2015? My writing objectives are simple, and I’ve put the word out there in the form of New Year’s Resolutions about what I want to do. I do quite a bit of writing, almost … Continue reading

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2015 Writing Objectives – Nancy Christie

My writing objectives for 2015 are necessarily fluid and not quite as ambitious as I had originally planned, owing to the caregiving responsibilities for my father that I have assumed. And, in many ways, this takes me back to when … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Tracey Glasspool

Tracey Glasspool Tracey Glasspool lives in Devon with her husband, three sons and assorted animals including sheep, llamas, cats and snake. She was raised in a house filled with books and has a particular fondness for science fiction thanks to … Continue reading

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2015 Writing Objectives – Henry Mitchell

Writer’s Hopes for 2015 It is difficult to believe a new year has begun; I didn’t quite get all the new worn off the old one. I’m grateful I’m still able to write a sentence that most who read it … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Rosalind Winter

Rosalind Winter Born in Assam just after Independence and brought up in England, Rosalind Winter has been writing fiction for as long as she can remember.  In her teens she published poetry in “Country Life” magazine, but although she continued … Continue reading

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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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