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 me were put off by having to dissect and deliberate over too many incomprehensible verses […]

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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 number of libraries throughout the UK per year. The writer then receives 6.05p per loan of the […]

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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 gets the team together. For the rest of the series she leaves it to others […]

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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, the apostrophe ‘s’ does seem to be more misused than any punctuation mark. People do […]

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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 move you make.’ This might seem a tad OTT but I know how he feels. […]

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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. Take this lunchtime. I’m trying to be good, like St. Mary of Portas told me, […]

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