Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Christmas from Me to You!

If you're short one last treat for yourself or somebody else, here's a totally-unsubtle reminder of something with something for everyone -

(It's an e-book, and here's the link.)

I'm dotted about today in a Christmas elf sort of way - come join me on Girls Heart Books for a heart-lifting chorus and then on an Awfully Big Blog Adventure for a tiny respite.

Which only leaves to say, Happy Christmas!  And I'll see you on the other side ...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Writing about a Chair

Have I mentioned I was writing about a chair?  It was as part of another lovely 26 challenge - this time to respond in exactly 100 words to an object on display as part of this year's London Design Festival.

And this is the chair that inspired me, designed by Sean Dare Studio -

And here's the poem -


from the floor -
     a high Zeppelin,
     primed for the sky,
     only just permits
     the tethering
     of little legs

from the side -
     a fat lady's corset
     braves the bulge,
     smoothes ridges
     and ruckles
     into one persuasive curve
from the front -   
     open-armed and ample,
     an urbane settle
     an upholstered inglenook
     a cushioned invitation -
     come to me

from inside -
     for two,
     a snug of secrets -
     knees touching,
     whispers contained
     between confidential walls -
     no design for strangers

     and for one,   
     a Brontë bonnet -
     a singular parsonage -
     a niche for thought,
     buffered, sheltering,
     shuts out
     the rackety world
     like wind off the moors

And here it is, in Fiera Issue 1, recently launched in London -

Did I mention I love 26 projects?  And that there's another one coming up in the new year, based in the Foundling Museum in London?  3 huzzahs for 2015 - already looking good!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Open Mouse

Pleased to be on Open Mouse today with herring, harvested.  I don't have any photos of herring myself but when I went looking online, I found this sculpture by John Cleal, photographed by Pauline Eccles, on Wikipedia, under "Herring".  Fabulous!

Sunday, December 07, 2014


I'm so chuffed with this - it's the view from the first floor bit of Tate Modern where there are chairs to collapse in - so what you're seeing is the railing, a bit of blue painted wall, one end of a huge sculpture/installment/thing on the ground floor, and some glass reflection.  But doesn't it look like a painting??  Go on, indulge me!

Also this week, over on History Girls, talking about medieval skates - and, of course, Paul Simon ...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Moniack Mhor's 2015 Brochure Available Now!

You've heard me rave enough times about the Writing Centre at Moniack Mhor (aka Heaven on a Hill) to guess how excited I am to be back tutoring there again next summer.  And now the entire 2015 Moniack Mhor course brochure is available for your delectation.  Have a look HERE and see what inspiring possibilities are on offer!

(Oh, and Writing for Children and Young People with me, Melvin Burgess and Anne Fine is on page 17.  Just in case you were wondering ...)  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Book Birthday!

The Girls Heart Books e-anthology is available from today!

Hear Jo enthusing HERE!

Then download your copy HERE!

And then ... ENJOY!

(Mine's the sci-fi one - "Out of the Shadows" - chuffed to bits to be part of this!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Days till Tuesday

And then ...

Girls Heart Christmas publication day!  

I'll be putting up all the information you need for getting your copy of our e-anthology here -