World Book Day

Today is the eighteenth UNESCO World Book Day, a global celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. The intention of today’s celebration is ‘to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading’ and you can find out more at:


Ten Creative Writing Tips from Edgar Allan Poe

First off, let me just thank each and every one of you for such a positive and enthusiastic response to my post on ‘Top Ten Writing Mistakes.’ For a new blog the response was overwhelming – I think more people read this than all of my academic publications combined. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you distil your life’s work into ten bullet points. Point Number Nine (‘Bad Sex’) seemed to have touched a nerve, and I have more to say on the subject, but not today...