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Writing – Know Your Character

I attended a writing workshop last month where ‘character’ was discussed, I thought I would share my notes from the session, hope you find them useful:- Your characters whether in a novel or play are always key and if you get it right, are remembered more than the plot itself. Therefore understanding your character isContinue reading “Writing – Know Your Character”

NaNoWriMo I’m grateful to Sammie for pointing me in the direction NaNoWriMo July Camp, NaNoWriMo believes in the power of creativity and they provide a structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voice, achieve goals. So although I am not writing a novel – I am writing a poem a day in JulyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo”

Henry Taylor

Poet and translator Henry Taylor was born in Virginia on June 21, 1942. Taylor’s many poetry collections include Crooked Run (2006); Understanding Fiction: Poems 1986-1996; The Flying Change (1985), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize; An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975); and The Horse Show at Midnight (1966). He has translated works from Bulgarian,Continue reading “Henry Taylor”

Ruthven Campbell Todd

Ruthven Campbell Todd was born on this day in 1914, not a well known but an artist of merit. He was a Scottish-born poet, artist, novelist and early scholar of William Blake, he also wrote detective fiction under the pseudonym R.T. Campbell. Although he was born in Edinburgh and had his education in Scotland, ToddContinue reading “Ruthven Campbell Todd”

Christy Brown

Christy Brown, Irish writer and poet was born on this day June 5 1932, he was born with cerebral palsy and near total paralysis apart from his left foot. Brown’s autobiography, ‘My Left Foot’, was developed into a novel ‘Down All The Days’in 1970, which became an international best-seller. Two lesser-known novels followed, as wellContinue reading “Christy Brown”

Walter Whitman

Walter Whitman, (1819 -1892) was born on this day May 31 in 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, he is one of the most influential American poets, often called the father of free verse. Whitman’s major poetry collection, ‘Leaves of Grass’, was first published in 1855 with his own money and became very famous. HeContinue reading “Walter Whitman”

Albert Camus

Albert Camus was born on 7 November 1913 (1913 – 1960) in French Algeria, he was a philosopher, author, and journalist, and was best known for his absurdist works, including ‘The Stranger’ and ‘The Plague.’ He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus was in Paris in 1940 when the Germans invaded FranceContinue reading “Albert Camus”

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy was born on this day in 1939 in Dublin (1939 – 2012) she is one of my favourite authors. She told marvellous stories, mostly set in Ireland, dealing with the tensions between urban and rural life.. Although times may change, people remain the same: they fall in love, they have dreams; friendships, andContinue reading “Maeve Binchy”