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Posts in this category are about my own creative writing: my novels, my poetry, and the f-r-e-e-writing on which they rest.

Pteronophobia
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Week’s Poetry to Inspire: Pteronophobia (fear of feathers)

Today’s poem, Pteronophobia, was inspired by a trip to Matthew’s Yard in Croydon, where my daughter lives. This creative hub is home to the first fully crowd-funded theatre in the UK, a successful art gallery, showcasing the work of emerging local artists and multifunction space which hosts a diverse range of arts and community events.

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the rest of our being
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Week’s Poetry to Inspire: “The Rest of Our Being” + Callout For Indie Poetry Submissions

New Poem Reveal: The Rest of Our Being As well as books and other bonuses, my patrons get exclusive poetry hot off the creative presses, a full three months before anyone else gets to read or hear it. This week’s poem, The Rest of Our Being, was originally published in June 2019 and is now open to the public. It’s called “The Rest of Our Being”, and it’s a cry of hope for humankind. You can read and hear it in audio now on Patreon and I hope you enjoy it. It will be included in my next selection of…

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Indie Poetry Please! podcast
Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors, Indie Poetry Please! Podcast, Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast

Indie Poetry Please! Podcast: Submission Guidelines

The Alliance of Independent Author’s Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast has generated an offshoot: Indie Poetry Please! Yes, we want to hear you read your poems. Or if you’re shy, and spoken word is not your thing, we’ll read them for you on our monthly podcast. For poets, this podcast is a safe online space to read and perform, to get advice about online poetry publishing and creative enterprise, and get more attention for your work. (Submission guidelines below). For poetry lovers, it’s a chance to hear new work within the most exciting growth area in indie publishing: poetry. Indie Poetry Please! Podcast: How To Submit Your Poems 1. RECORD: Record a…

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in the hour
Creative Writing: Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction: Fiction Newsletter September 2019

I just dispatched my Life in Fiction Newsletter September 2019. Are you signed up to receive it? For a long time I defined myself as a novelist but for the past couple of years, I’ve been concentrating on nonfiction and poetry.  It feels good to be back in the land of story. I write family murder mysteries mainly, books that are full of buried secrets and lies of the past that corrode the present. They are what’s known as #timeslip novels, with two alternating timelines. In my books, the protagonists have to go back, and understand what happened, so they…

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Emigration Song
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Weeks Poetry to Inspire: Emigration Song

I recently took a create date in County Wexford, the corner of Ireland where I was born and raised, and the place that I find more creatively inspiring than anywhere else in the world. It gave me this poem about emigration.

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in the hour
Creative Writing: Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday: My Next Novel is In The Hour

I received two emails from readers recently about the third part of my Ireland trilogy. They wanted to know when In the Hour,  the next novel in the series, was going to publish. I took this as a sign to get a move on! Sooooo…. lovers of fine family fiction, novelist me is back. You may remember that many moons ago, as we upgraded the Alliance of Independent Authors author guides and I re-published the Go Creative! Series, I swapped over to exclusively writing non-fiction for a while. That nonfiction work isn’t quite complete yet–but light has begun to flicker at the end…

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Inspirational Poetry: You Will Never Find Yourself
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Today’s Inspirational Poetry: You Will Never Find Yourself

My daughter and I took a trip to the Kiss My Genders Exhibition at The Hayward Gallery (more about this in Tuesday’s Create Date) and there was a booth playing the old pride anthem “I Am What I Am”. Daughter started to dance and I managed to capture the moment on Insta (see below) and it inspired a poem. Here it is, this week’s inspirational poetry: You Will Never Find Yourself You Will Never Find Yourself Whatever you do my dear maker don’t go looking for yourself or seeking to improve. You are not to be found no. And nothing…

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