I read an article by Yassmin Abdel-Magied in which she walked out of Lionel Shriver's speech at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. Shriver had suggested that we are all free to write about whatever we want to, whether we have experience of it or not. Abdel-Magied suggested that this view was 'wrapped up in arrogance and delivered with … Continue reading Where are the lesbian writers?
A couple of months ago, we went to a LGBT family picnic organised in our local area. It was a beautiful summer’s day and we arrived laden with buggy, picnic rug, food, nappy bag and anticipation. We headed across the expanse of the grassy meadow and settled ourselves on our picnic rug under a big … Continue reading LGBT family picnic
Our toddler, S, has started to show the effects of feeling a bit displaced by the arrival of her little sister earlier this year. Of course we make sure our eldest still gets lots of attention, but after being the ‘one and only’ for two and a half years, it is only natural that she … Continue reading 12 activities with a toddler
I wonder if there will ever be a September when I don’t feel the fluttering of fresh starts ingrained by a new academic year every year from primary school right through to university? Despite being well out of education, I still feel the familiar mix of excitement and apprehension as the start of the new … Continue reading Writing Goals
When I first started seriously thinking about trying to become a writer, I went to a Novel Writers event at Spike Island in Bristol. This event featured Kit de Waal talking about her debut novel My Name is Leon, and was a wonderful introduction to the world of writing, and in particular becoming a fiction … Continue reading Short Story Competition