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Dymock, Bloomsbury, Inklings and Bars

The idea of a writer being ‘born in a cellar and living in a garret.’ was coined by English writer Samuel Foote in the 1700s. But from Socrates to the present, many writers do emerge from their garrets to congregate in groups. I wonder how many writers

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Agents, Appeal and Zeitgeist

At the outset, I have to say I’d love an agent. But I don’t have one, even though my second crime novel is being published soon. I’d tried several agencies before securing my own contract with Ringwood, a non-profit company showcasing new authors. Sadly, a rare breed.

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Storytelling: Art or Science?

Leo Tolstoy said ‘A real work of art destroys in the consciousness of the receiver the separation between himself and the reader.’ All authors want readers to finish their masterpieces. Now and again, I’m so taken by a book I read it in one go. During my

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