Writing update

A busy week editing my WIP The River Brings the Sea, helped by a really useful Zalon (Salon on Zoom) on Monday evening from Words Away. Plot holes and saggy middles was led by author and writing tutor, Emma Darwin who is always great at making complex ideas comprehensible. Her original blog on all things … More Writing update

Summerwater by Sarah Moss – a review

Excellent, atmospheric novel set by a Scottish loch where unrelated families are trying to make the most of a rainy summer holiday. It’s both funny, realistic and also imbued with impending tragedy. The ending is so unexpected it takes your breath away. I enjoyed Sarah Moss’s previous novella, Ghost Wall and although completely different there … More Summerwater by Sarah Moss – a review

Unprotected: a review

Unprotected by Sophie Jonas-Hill is a novel dedicated to ‘all those who have suffered loss and miscarriage, and keep on fighting’. But it’s not a misery-fest. Far from it. Lydia is a tattooist and, when her long-term relationship breaks down after a series of miscarriages, she’s both hurt and supremely angry. After a drunk night … More Unprotected: a review

The Collective Nouns for Birds: a review

In this beautiful, very accomplished first poetry collection, Amanda Huggins demonstrates a range of concerns, from growing up to love and loss all interlinked by the sea.  Whatever theme she is examining her language is precise and evocative with no word wasted. Out Chasing Boys focuses on that innocent time of adolescence when ‘we revered … More The Collective Nouns for Birds: a review