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Saturday, 25 June 2011

My Short Story Workshops

I am pleased to say that I have set a date for my first short story writing workshop. The workshop will look at writing for the increasingly tough and sadly shrinking women's magazine market. So if you've been writing for a while and want to find out more about this market, this workshop could be for you.

The workshop will take place on Saturday July 30 from 10.30am to 4pm. The venue is in Northamptonshire (full details, maps etc available on booking)and is in easy reach of public transport.

The cost will be £30 and this includes lunch/refreshments and the critique of one story (to be emailed to me prior to the course).

If you're interested in receiving full details and a booking form, please email me via my profile. If you can't manage this date but would be interested in future workshops, please also let me know.

In other news ...

The wonderful Kate Long is my guest on Bookersatz today.

Kate is the bestselling author of 'The Bad Mother's Handbook', 'Swallowing Grandma', 'Queen Mum', 'The Daughter Game' and 'Mothers And Daughters'. Her new novel 'All About My Mothers' is due to be released by Simon and Schuster in Spring 2012. You can find out more about Kate on her website and you can read my interview with Kate about her writing in this month's Writers' Forum magazine.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

My Weekend Guests

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm going to have some very special guest posts coming up on Bookersatz in the next few weeks. I've invited some of my favourite writers to contribute a review of one of the books they love.

First up this weekend will be Sherlockian expert and writer Alistair Duncan. He will be talking about 'The Sign Of Four' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so please look out for that on Saturday.

Other confirmed guests are novelists Kate Long, Sue Guiney, DJ Kirkby, Leigh Russell, Isabel Ashdown and Kate Lord Brown.

General Bookersatz posts from me and other contributors will continue mid-week. This week's review is of 'The Ghost Of Lily Painter' by Caitlin Davies and is up now.

Thanks to people who have contacted me to say they are interested in my short story workshop. I will be setting a date soon and will post full details then. If you want to be added to the 'interested' list, please email me via my profile.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


I've just posted a new review on Bookersatz. LadyTechie has reviewed 'Phoenix Rising' by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.

I'm also very pleased to announce that over the next few weeks I'm going to be featuring guest reviews on Bookersatz from some of my favourite writers. Some of them will be talking about old favourites and others about recent books that have caught their eye!

I'll be posting more details about the guest posts coming up on this blog as I get them - so watch this space!

Hope you're all having great weeks so far.