Monthly Archives: January 2012

More Poetry Please

Why is poetry so undervalued? Check out the space allocated to the poetry section in any library or bookshop and you’ll see what I mean. There are barely enough books to prop up a wonky table leg. Why?  Maybe it’s because adults like … Continue reading

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PLR – keeping writers solvent since 1979

  There are a lot of happy writers about at the moment. Last week the statements for PLR were issued. PLR (Public Lending Rights) is a body that collect details of how many books have been borrowed from a selected … Continue reading

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Megan

    I’m working on book 12 of Girls FC at the moment. This is the final book of the series and comes back full circle to Megan Fawcett again.  In book 1, Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras? Megan relates how she … Continue reading

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Farewell then, apostrophe ‘s’

The big book news this week was that Waterstone’s has decided to ditch its ‘s’ to make it more ‘versatile’ for Internet users. It seems strange that a book chain, of all retailers, should be the one dumb down punctuation. However, … Continue reading

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‘I will hate you till I die…’

So wrote philosopher Alain de Botton after a poor review of one of his books in the New York Times.  The whole sentence was: ‘I will hate you till I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career … Continue reading

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The one about Resolutions…

Every January blog has to have one. That is, a blog about New Year’s Resolutions. Well this is going to be short and sweet because I haven’t made any. I’ve resolved not to resolve. Why? Because even the simplest ones never work for me. … Continue reading

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