Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger the American writer has died at the age of 91. What a legacy he has left behind.  His seminal book, The Catcher in the Rye, was a classic that has influenced writers, playwrights, film directors and musicians ever since. I remember reading the opening page and being blown away by it. Published in […]

Comments Off on The Catcher in the Rye

Filed under Uncategorized

Today I could write!

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, writing was like pulling teeth, but today I managed to finish the first draft of Tabinda’s story and begin the final edits. I love this part. Although I use a word processor to write, when it comes to checking through the draft, I prefer having real sheets of […]

Comments Off on Today I could write!

Filed under Uncategorized

Today I could not write…

Today I could not write. I tried. I sat there and stared at the screen Willing the words to come Telling myself I was not to leave until I’d written something Anything Eventually a paragraph of sorts appeared As truculent as a teenage boy being forced to go to school. Present, but determined to contribute […]

Comments Off on Today I could not write…

Filed under Uncategorized

There’s a moose loose aroond the hoose… it’s Burns Night

Today is Burns Night.  Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) is Scotland’s bard and the Scots traditionally celebrate his birthday by piping in a haggis on a silver platter and reciting Burns’ poems throughout the evening. There may or may not be whisky drunk by the gallon too. Haggis is the national dish of Scotland. Here’s […]

Comments Off on There’s a moose loose aroond the hoose… it’s Burns Night

Filed under Uncategorized


I read something that shocked me last week. Rickets has returned. Rickets!  Rickets is a medical condition caused by an acute lack of vitamin D and exposure to sunlight. In this country it is usually associated with Victorian and Edwardian times. The last time I saw anyone with rickets (where the legs bow outwards from […]

Comments Off on Rickets

Filed under Uncategorized

New links page

There’s a new links page on my website. Click on ‘links’ on the homepage and you’ll find a cute button on the letters page that links you to all sorts of amazing sites.  Check out Sonia Leong, the Girls FC illustrator, Tom Palmer the football writer, bookbag an amazing book review site and find out […]

Comments Off on New links page

Filed under Uncategorized

Keeping fit

Writing is not the best occupation for keeping fit. Even pacing the floor trying to think of plot solutions doesn’t really burn up calories, especially if you are pacing the floor trying to think of plot solutions with a packet of garibaldi biscuits in one hand and a cup of builder’s tea in the other! […]

Comments Off on Keeping fit

Filed under Uncategorized

Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere (YA)

‘Gram is worried about me. It’s not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn’t contacted me in sixteen years or even because suddenly all I think about is sex. She is worried because one of her houseplants has spots.” So begins The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. […]

Comments Off on Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere (YA)

Filed under Uncategorized


Having lunch in Daquise’s yesterday reminded me of bigos. Bigos is a traditional Polish winter stew made from sauerkraut, smoked sausage, pork, beef and bacon. When my husband was growing up, his mum would make this in a huge pot. It is eaten with rye bread. The beauty of it is that it keeps – […]

Comments Off on bigos

Filed under Uncategorized

Writers who lunch…

I had to go to London yesterday for a CWIG (Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group) meeting.  As the meeting didn’t begin until 3.00 pm I arranged to meet up with fellow writers Catherine Johnson, Joshua Lacey and Lily Hyde for lunch. Writing is quite an isolating occupation so it’s always good to meet with people […]

Comments Off on Writers who lunch…

Filed under Uncategorized