It is my very great pleasure to share with you the news that Legend Press has acquired my novel, Owl Song at Dawn, which they will publish mid-2016. Since the novel was inspired by my autistic sister, I feel particular gratitude to the team at Legend for their commitment to celebrating the kinds of voices that have… Continue reading Owl Song at Dawn captured by Legend Press
An evening with Wendy Vaizey and Emma Claire Sweeney Wednesday 29 April 2015 Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Venue: Room JG0002, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE Price: free Event: Wendy Vaizey and Emma Claire Sweeney will read from and discuss their fiction.
There are still a few places left for Working With Writing: the art of collaboration at City University London this Thursday. The event, chaired by novelist Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, will feature author Heidi James and her editor Hetha Duffy of Bluemoose Books, as well as Emily Midorikawa and me. Emily and I will be talking about our jointly-run website Something… Continue reading ‘Working With Writing: the art of collaboration’ at City University
Most of us, I suspect, share a feeling that poets are a different breed, that they inhabit a distant land – perhaps that they are loftier or more intellectual or more bohemian than us. For these reasons, I had always been drawn to prose and, for the first decade of my career, I worked on… Continue reading Poetry and Foreign Lands
Emily Midorikawa and I have written an essay for Shooter Literary Magazine about this poem by Emily Dickinson. It is often seen in light of her so-called ‘failures’ in affairs of the heart but it can equally be read in relation to the lack of praise Dickinson was receiving in the literary realm. Most of… Continue reading Success is Counted Sweetest
If the words have stalled during the cold months, come and get things cooking again with this daylong series of workshops. Learn the tricks of TV, dabble with poetry and make a start on your novel. Plus there’ll be a secret creative twist at the end of the day… As part of The Berko Writers’… Continue reading Creative Kickstart!
When we first launched Something Rhymed, a year ago now, concerned well-wishers expressed scepticism about whether we’d discover twelve pairs of historic female writer friends to profile each month over the course of 2014. Thanks to our close-knit community of readers from around the globe, the reverse has in fact been true. You’ve helped us… Continue reading A Year of Hidden Friendships
One of the unexpected pleasures afforded by running SomethingRhymed.com is the chance to speak about female literary friendship on stage as well as write about it on screen. And so, Emily Midorikawa and I are particularly delighted to have been offered the opportunity to present some of our discoveries tomorrow evening, October 15th, at the… Continue reading Ilkley Literature Festival
‘Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway’: This was the headline of the feature on female friendship that I co-wrote with Emily Midorikawa for the Independent on Sunday. Why would such a celebratory subject attract this kind of headline? We focused specifically on friendships between feminists, and we’ve come to think that perhaps intellectual, political, and… Continue reading Double-Page Spread in the Independent on Sunday
Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone invited me to take part in the ‘Writing Process Blog Tour’, a journey through writers’ websites via questions about their work. I was particularly pleased that she thought of me, since Rebekah and I share a similar philosophy on literary mentorship and I admire her for making her role as a reader central… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour