Monthly Archive: August 2017

Aug 27

Dominion by C J Sansom

Book Review: Dominion by C J Sansom   Although I am a fan of C J Sansom I did not think that I would particularly enjoy this book when I saw the setting. I tackled it first of all because it was a Book Club read. But I was so wrong. It was a superb …

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Aug 22

Setting the story using people, places and events.

Setting the story using people, places and events. I have read of more than one publisher who says he would bin any submission that began ‘It was the 4th of December 1982, a cold wet day in New York….’ The assumption being, I suppose that if the writer could not think of an opening with …

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Aug 16

Poem: Falling Leaves

Poem: Falling Leaves     This poem, Falling Leaves, was inspired by hearing the news that yet another of my friends had died. I feel as though the last few years have been marked by the deaths of friends and relatives. Not only that but also many of my youthful icons, such as David Bowie …

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Aug 08

Photographs as a starting point for a story

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.’ Photographs as a starting point for a story ‘A picture is worth a thousand words?’   Look at a selection of photographs belonging to members. Ask each member to start with two that are not their own and jot down what they can tell, from the photograph: when, where who what why…? Discuss the …

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