Tom Williams writes about adventure set during the Napoleonic era.

His books are vastly popular and are being republished in the New Year by Endeavour Press. Today he talks about writing Historical Adventure. Tom Williams writes about adventure set during the Napoleonic era. His books are vastly popular and are being republished in the New Year by Endeavour Press. Today he talks about writing Historical Adventure. In January Endeavour Press … Read More

Welcome Carolyn Hughes who is a medievalist to August’s Writer’s Hub. She is speaking about approaching writing via a PhD course.

What is the benefit of a Creative Writing PhD? Why would any writer put themselves through the strain and struggle of doing a PhD? The Creative Writing PhD is a rather curious animal. It’s what is called “practice-led”, the practice being the writing of the creative piece – whether that’s a full-length novel, a short story collection, poetry, or whatever … Read More

Summer Reads by Brenda Brittan, member of The Mani Writers’ Group

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee This delightful sequel to Cider With Rosie, is an ideal summer read when one wants to escape the restrictions of everyday life and visit somewhere different. This is a captivating tale of a curious young man who does this when he decides to leave the security of his village and … Read More

Why Vampires Never Die…by Theresa Stoker

Have you ever wondered why we’re so drawn to vampire stories? Of course there is the intoxicating terror we get to experience without ever actually leaving the safety of our armchair. But is there something more? Vampire stories first entered print in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century, when the idea of a man entering a maiden’s bedroom was … Read More

‘WORD SPRINTS’ …by Kirsten McKenzie

Last week I purchased the book 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox. I’d heard a podcast he’d recorded with Joanna Penn, where he talks about getting those 5,000 words down, and fast. Fast and dirty, up to 5,000 words a day. A day! As an author who aims for 1,000 words a day, but gets distracted by all the … Read More

A Visit to Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall lies on the edge of The Savernake Forest and was the familial home of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife. This location does not actually enter into my novel The Woman in the Shadows. My novel is about Elizabeth, Thomas Cromwell’s wife and it, in fact, ends in 1528 before Cromwell becomes a courtier. None the less, The … Read More

Winter 2018

Winter is upon us before we can say ‘icicle’ and ‘blow frost rings’. Here in England it has been very cold. I live in the south midlands near Oxford and, generally, we don’t get much snow as the village here is quite low lying. However, next week will be very chilly I hear. That is, if the weather pundits speak … Read More