How to write a first chapter

Wondering how to write a good first chapter of a novel? Writing an opening chapter is something that sets many new writers on edge. Where to start? How to start? Why to start?

Current poetry inspiration

Because I write both, I get asked a lot about the relationship between poetry and prose. How can you write both? Do you write them using the same methods? Does reading or writing one help me learn about the other? And basically, the answer to that last one is… YES! Whether I’m working on a…

Journal#20: Radio Silence Explained (grab a cuppa)

It’s been a while! But 2022 has already proved itself to be a year of new things. I think this is first time since starting this blog many many many moons ago that I haven’t stuck to my once a month schedule. But there’s been A LOT going on since New Year, and every moment…

Composite Creatures in The Washington Post

So last week, Composite Creatures was mentioned in an end of year literary round-up. A very special one. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. Composite Creatures has been named one of The Washington Post’s top science fiction novels of 2021! Unbelievable. One of the writers, the wonderful Silvia Moreno-Garcia, actually named it as her favourite science fiction…

The best quote about poetry you’ll ever read

I came across a quotation today that explains EXACTLY why I write poetry. I never thought that I’d find such a thing. I’ve never been really sure why I’m a poet. I’ve listened to so many poet pals wax lyrical about why they chose poetry (or why poetry chose them) and though I’ve related to…

What happens during the production of a chapbook?

I thought it might be nice to do a little blog about the process I’ve experienced while producing my first poetry chapbook! Before submitting, I used to Google this a lot, searching for advice, reassurance, and what to try. Even though everyone’s experiences are so different, they really did help me to get my head…

Your One Phone Call

I’ve been a bit slow with updating this blog with little poems I’ve had published here and there, so I thought I’d do a mini one now! A few months ago, Your One Phone Call published two of my poems on their website – ‘My Place’ and ‘Sun Burn’. You can read them through these…

Bone Ovation

Here it is… The big news. The showstopper. The little thing I teased a few weeks ago when I talked about shoving large amounts of cake in my face (it was my birthday too around that time – hence the over-interest in cake!) The big kahuna. My poetry collection ‘Bone Ovation’ is going to be…

Picaroon

Yaaaaaaaaaar. Ok, so I’m not particularly pirate-y, but I like to think that I might be a rogue in my own particular way. This month I’ve been published by Picaroon Poetry, a magazine especially for poets of the roguish sort. I’m honoured to be read as dangerous enough, as usually I feel as edgy as…