Books

23 June 2022

Five tips for writing graphic novels by Emily McGovern author of Twelve Percent Dread

Play to your strengths: If you’re good at drawing horses, write a graphic novel about a horse. If you like drawing cars or machinery, write a story involving those. I like ...

23 June 2022

Modern day parenting and how it's changing by Lauren Ho, author of Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic

As we walked in the shadow of the Parthenon some years back, my best friend cleared her throat and said, in the tone of one confessing to a murder, "I ...

23 June 2022

Things that make my summer complete by Phillipa Ashley, author of A Golden Cornish Summer

I have a confession to share. One day in June, I spent an hour on deadline day deciding whether I needed a teapot-shaped handbag instead of finishing my novel. To ...

23 June 2022

An open letter to Jane Casey by Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday

-  Hi Jane, It’s me again! I feel like I’m constantly Twittering at you, trying to moderate my admiration for you and your books and play it cool, and always ...

23 June 2022

How my art school background inspired me to write Stargazer by Laurie Petrou

I was admitted into the Queen’s University Fine Art Program in Kingston, Ontario, in 1995. I swore I wouldn’t go to Queen’s, because my brother was two years into his ...

23 June 2022

Graham Bartlett, author of Bad For Good writes an open letter to Lynda La Plante

Dear Lynda, I must have been totally bonkers not to reach out to you sooner. But it was deliberate, I promise. Let me explain. No one can accuse me of ...

23 June 2022

Mara Yamauchi, Olympian, marathon runner, coach, commentator & author shares her inspiration

If you are female and want to run a marathon, there are thousands of races all over the world to choose from. The only real challenge you face is training ...

23 June 2022

Top tips for writing psychological thrillers by author A.A. Chaudhuri, author of The Loyal Friend

I adore psychological thrillers. I guess it was blockbusters like Gone Girl that got me hooked on this genre. I love the way they delve into the human mind, analysing ...

23 June 2022

Comedian Laura Lexx shares why she doesn't describe her characters' looks in her new book Pivot

It was so easy to write every thought and feeling my main character, Jackie, would have. So why did I find describing her face so difficult? If she’s got blue ...

23 June 2022

The healing power of nature by Jane Johnson, author of The White Hare

THE WHITE HARE is a novel about the deep connection between landscape and people and how we often lose touch with the things that matter. Two damaged women and a ...

23 June 2022

Rebecca Pert, author of Still Water shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1) I don’t really like talking about myself. I don’t think I’m a particularly interesting person. I struggled with thinking of seven things about me that people would want to ...

22 June 2022

Author Gail Ashton discusses her new book and urges us to ask 'what can we do for our insects?'

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with wildlife. It was (as is the case with many nature lovers) birds first. I would take my binoculars everywhere ...

22 June 2022

How to develop a growth mindset to perform at your best by Gemma Leigh Roberts

A concept that comes up often in my work as an organisational psychologist and career development coach is that of the ‘growth mindset’ - a term originally coined by Stanford ...

21 June 2022

Hide by Kiersten White review: Dripping with horror and suspense

Described as ‘the book you need after Squid Game’, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Kiersten White’s adult debut novel, Hide. I didn’t know much ...

21 June 2022

Establishing a family economy by Paige Cornetet, author of My Dad's Class

With so many businesses shuttering their doors, at least for a period of time, because of COVID-19, the national and local economy is on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Amidst ...

20 June 2022

Transitioning from journalist to novelist – my top tips by Cathy Gunn, author of Felix Unbound

Writing in short bursts and making each piece catch and hold the reader’s attention are journalistic skills that also work for novel-writing; but we need some extra ones too. Most ...

20 June 2022

How rituals can help you work through grief by Corinne Laan, author of The Art of Grieving

After a loss, there is a period where the body and mind disconnect; a period where everything even the things you love feel uncomfortable and difficult to bear. Your mind ...

20 June 2022

Why you need to stop looking back after failure and start looking forwards by Sara Tate & Anna Vogt

Who hasn’t indulged by wallowing in hindsight? Or analysed the mistakes of each misstep? ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few,’ crooned Frank Sinatra back in the sixties, articulating a sentiment that ...

16 June 2022

Rachel Billington, author of War Babies writes an open letter to Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Dear Thomas Hardy, I have been a fan of your torrid tales since I was a teenager. Nevertheless I have always wanted to ask you a question that you may ...

16 June 2022

Xixi Tian, author of This Place Is Still Beautiful shares her favourite YA books about siblings

Sibling relationships have always been rich fodder for literature. I love exploring the bond between people who are uniquely the only ones in the whole world who have the singular ...

15 June 2022

Seven signs you need to check in with your wellness by Elodie Caucigh, author of Easily You

“The issue with our current take on wellbeing is that we care when it’s not there.”  According to corporate wellbeing and advertising professional Elodie Caucigh, who had ignored her burnout ...

14 June 2022

Gillian Young, author of Poppy Loves Devon writes an open letter to Beatrix Potter

Dear Beatrix, How do I begin to write a letter to someone who has impacted my life for over forty years? It’s funny that coming from one author to another, ...
13 June 2022

New book of poetry, art and short stories is published to raise money for Ukraine

The work of over 40 contributors (many of them women) from across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia has been published in a new charity book of poetry and short stories celebrating Ukraine. All the proceeds ...

13 June 2022

Everything you need to know about your Moon Sign by Lori Reid, author of Your Lunar Code

Have you ever wondered why you react to certain situations the way you do, why your moods change so much from one day to the next, or why you always ...