Newcastle, macaroons, and the Beeb.

Feel like I’ve had my socks knocked off! Seven Stories is an amazing place: a haven of children’s literature and I’d thoroughly recommend it. I’ve just finished a two week work placement there and have come back brimming with picture book ideas. Thanks so much to everyone there – you were so lovely! Fabulous timeContinue reading “Newcastle, macaroons, and the Beeb.”

Winter Wafflings

I’m having a belated blow of festivity, drinking ‘Christmas Tea’ from a Santa mug and cheerily humming “Sleigh Ride”. Must be this vile good mood I’m in! Anywho, so 2012 is here! Looks set to be a good’n: I complete my MA, go on two work placements and will finish this bloomin’ book of mine!Continue reading “Winter Wafflings”

Busy Bee on Middle Earth…

So it turns out that I’m terrible at updating – my apologies!! I’ve been a busy bee (two jobs, uni work, and obsessing over Merlin take time, you know). “Winter is coming” and I’m not feeling very creative at the moment, not at all. Any inspiration is welcome… anyone? Here are just a few thingsContinue reading “Busy Bee on Middle Earth…”

LitFest, competitions and readings!

There seems to be an influx of art events this month, and I’m not quite sure where to begin! I’ve recently put my name down to help at the Lancaster LitFest (14th-23rd October 2011). Volunteers are always needed for distibuting leaflets, ticket-selling and ushering at front of house. Don’t be afraid to get in touchContinue reading “LitFest, competitions and readings!”

Bad to Verse…

For those who follow the poetry news, it seems things aren’t going to plan at The Poetry Society… However, I’m seeing this as an incentive to get writing! I’m just printing off my poem, “Craft”, for the Elmet Trust poetry prize (closing date 15th July) and hopefully can send off a poem for the NationalContinue reading “Bad to Verse…”

The Big One: The Bridport Prize

Time to enter one of the most prestigious writing awards in the UK is running out! 30th June will be the last day to enter The Bridport Prize this year, so get sending! Poetry should be no more than 42 lines, short fiction no longer than 5,000 words, and flash fiction no more than 250 words. Entry fees rangeContinue reading “The Big One: The Bridport Prize”

Manchester Fiction Prize

I came across a leaflet at a creative writing group I went to a couple of weeks ago for the Manchester Fiction Prize. I’ve got to admit, this looks great. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 and asks for up to 3,000 words. Lots of flexibility with this one. TheContinue reading “Manchester Fiction Prize”

A bit o’ the North: The Elmet Trust Poetry Prize

I recently went up to Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire for a bit of poet-stalking (Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd being nearby) and came across The Elmet Trust. The Elmet Trust is a celebration of Ted Hughes’ work and tries to promote awareness of poetry and creative writing in Yorkshire. This year’s competition is judged by Liz Lochhead, with theContinue reading “A bit o’ the North: The Elmet Trust Poetry Prize”