There is no bookcase! How I found stories when there were none.

‘It is impossible to define precisely what the soul is. Definition is an intellectual enterprise anyway; the soul prefers to imagine.’ Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul I grew up in a book-free household. Actually, I did have some Little Golden Books. I remember when we ‘went down the street’ and visited Woolworths, my mother would…

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How not to brief an illustrator

Early in 2016 I decided it was time to start teaching creative writing again. I’d taught a few years earlier and loved everything about it—the connection, the conversations, the sharing, reading, writing, coffee! Heaven. This time though I wanted to commit more fully, and build something for my students that was rich and supportive. Something with staying power. I…

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How to write a novel (ahem)

It’s nearly February! And that means it’s nearly time to kick off my creative writing course. As the auspicious day draws closer, (I can’t wait to meet my students, they’re all so shiny) I have been thinking, how do you write a book? I mean, seriously. How?? I found the answer (thank heavens) over on…

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