Category Archives: Creative Writing

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Unlocking potential with the love of words

I had the opportunity to attend a rather special event, on behalf of the Wells Festival of Literature.   This was an annual celebration for children’s literacy charity Beanstalk held at the House of Commons. Beanstalk recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support in primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading. The consequences of the literacy gap in children and young people is significant, including an estimated  cost Read more [...]

Following my character – coming out of the creative writing wilderness – part 3

"First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!" Ray Bradbury. "Have you ever stood among a roomful of strangers striving to embody a colour of your choice - emoting from your lungs to your fingertips the sensation of being, say, red or yellow or green? No, neither had I until I signed up, in a moment of rashness and insatiable curiosity, for a four-day acting course at the Poor School, King’s Cross which I saw advertised in a well-known London listings magazine." Theatre critic Read more [...]

Street writing – coming out of the creative writing wilderness, part 2

"I received scripts of such a high standard. But then I've never worked with a 'literary' partner before and it certainly showed. After much rereading and deliberation I have whittled 40 scripts down to 12.  They all have huge potential. There's a real range of stories, characters, styles - and locations.” Sheila Hannon, producer / writer, Show of Strength Theatre Company. I literally screwed my eyes, blinking in disbelief, when I saw the list of 12 selected writers (out of 40) whose scripts Read more [...]

Street writing – coming out of the creative writing wilderness

It’s been more than 20 years since I last produced any form of creative writing. Life takes us down different paths to what we envisage for ourselves; our talents, our creativity, often lend themselves to other areas of our lives and manifest in the things we do. I had mixed feelings when I learnt as an adult that I was dyslexic. In some ways it was a positive revelation. It explained why I had had difficulty with grasping words to express myself in the written form. Knowing did enable Read more [...]