Time for tea – writers on tour part deux

Earlier this week I wrote about the OutWrite day I went on with Rob Richardson of WriteInvite, and the first mystery location we went to – Southsea Castle. The second location was completely different but just as inspiring, and prompted a wonderful variety of stories from our little group of writers. The location: All About…

OutWrite day – writers on tour part un

Writing on location is something I’ve often wanted to do but never had a pen and notebook ready at the right time. The key is to plan your writing expedition, which is where OutWrite comes in. Run by Rob Richardson and his lovely wife Chris, who run the WriteInvite short story competitions in Portsmouth, OutWrite…

A pretty little thing

Basking in the glorious bank holiday sunshine, I wandered down the seafront today with my friend Louise, and happened upon a pretty little thing courtesy of Love Southsea. In desperate search of a breeze we headed towards the sea, sitting high on the bank above the bandstand for a while before moving on down to…

Byron by day, Beethoven by night

As a press officer, I write releases that often make it into the local paper. Recently I was asked to write this year’s graduation stories – one for each day about a student graduating that day with an interesting story to tell. One of these graduates is Will Sherwood.  An edited version of Will’s story…

Criminologist to crime writer

For Portsmouth lovers of crime fiction, today marks a special day – the release of not one but two crime novels written by local authors. City of Devils by Diana Bretherick and Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square by William Sutton, both available to buy from today, were launched at an event at Blackwell’s…

Beginnings – how to make a start

Last night I went to my second session with Kerry McPhail’s writer’s group. Scribbling away in the new Innovation Space in Portsmouth with cups of tea and chocolate swiss rolls, the wonderful plethora of stories and writing styles once again fascinated me. Although I’d only been with this group on one previous occasion, it already…

The art of reviewing

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing a spot of theatre for free and getting to write about it for the local paper. Still a relative newbie when it comes to reviewing, and acutely aware of the importance of those words from an actor’s point of view, I felt as nervous as if I…

Writer’s group – starting your book

The other day I went to my very first writer’s group. A few friends and I toyed with thoughts of starting one back in our uni days, but nothing ever came to fruition. To finally make it to a session with an established writer’s group, led by an actual proper published writer felt almost like…

The penny

I thought I would post a bit of my creative writing, so here’s the short story I wrote for the recent Write Invite evening (see previous post). The story is called The penny: I’ve lived a long and wonderful life, seeing many places and meeting many people along the way. I’ve had the chance to…

Return to Write Invite

This Monday I went to my first Write Invite in over two years. The evening is a short story competition where you can either enter and read a story of up to six minutes, or come along to watch and support. Back in 2010 I went along to a few and came third twice. I’ve…