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The tragic life of the Brontë sisters, and new photos of the parsonage at Haworth

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know I live in West Yorkshire, not far from Haworth and the home of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. I’ve visited the Brontë parsonage many times. Every time I discover something new, and I always come away with another perspective on this extraordinary family. With each…… Continue reading The tragic life of the Brontë sisters, and new photos of the parsonage at Haworth

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What makes a writer write, when writing is such hard work?

It’s June, which means the sun is out, my roses are in bloom – and it’s time for another of our authors’ Round Robins… This month the topic is: Why do you write or feel compelled to write, even through the difficult parts? This is such a great question. A while ago, when I was in…… Continue reading What makes a writer write, when writing is such hard work?

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Happy 95th birthday to the fabulous children’s author, Judith Kerr

Today is the 95th birthday of one of my favourite authors, and all-round fabulous woman, Judith Kerr. BBC Radio 4 featured a brilliant interview with her this morning, which you can listen to here. Five years ago I had the privilege of seeing Judith Kerr live in an interview at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I…… Continue reading Happy 95th birthday to the fabulous children’s author, Judith Kerr

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Old and new – 13 brilliant books set in Yorkshire in the north of England

The landscape and people of Yorkshire have inspired writers for hundreds of years. With its rich history and incredible variety, it’s no surprise the county has produced such a wealth of great literature. I’ve written a few articles about books inspired by or set in Yorkshire over the years, but with brilliant new books coming…… Continue reading Old and new – 13 brilliant books set in Yorkshire in the north of England

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How a group of authors became friends and inspired each other #amwriting #authorsontheedge

Sometimes writing can be a lonely business. The only people you meet are the characters inside your head, and the only exciting things that happen are the ones you dream up. You are not friends with these interesting people you’re writing about, and these momentous events aren’t happening to you – you are, in fact,…… Continue reading How a group of authors became friends and inspired each other #amwriting #authorsontheedge

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A new and exciting writing project by nine northern authors

Working as a writer and editor means working alone a lot of the time, and to be honest, as an introvert this is something I enjoy. Some mornings, there’s nothing better than knowing you don’t have to talk to anyone but your dog, and my poor dog never seems bored of listening to me :)…… Continue reading A new and exciting writing project by nine northern authors