Delighting in a Hilary Mantel Head Spin

Bloomin’ Heck! Hilary Mantel has my head spinning. Last night The Bath Literature Festival brought us JK Rowling and tonight’s feast is Hilary. James Runcie, artistic director, is back interviewing her. Hilary Mantel is one of England’s greatest writers. 13 novels, a couple of Booker Prize wins in the last five years, as well as […]

“Writing is a place of freedom.” JK Rowling

Last night my family and a few hundred other Bath folk enjoyed the inspiration that is JK Rowling for an hour or so. With big thanks to the Bath Literature Festival and its artistic director, James Runcie, the chap who made the documentary ‘JK Rowling, A Year in the Life.’ What I enjoy most about […]

Resistance… The War of Art

Resistance is the enemy of your creativity and sets out to kill your art. So says Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art, a low down on the psychology of the creative process and a mini power pack for anyone committed to their art. Pressfield is a screenwriter and author, most well-known for the […]

“Writing is the great life.” Woody Allen

Have you seen the Woody Allen documentary? Writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician – Woody Allen – has his life and creative process documented by Robert Weide on-camera for the first time. It is so so good. I wasn’t especially grabbed by the thought of 3 hours with Woody Allen but was informed he still […]

Let it discover you…

Last week I saw Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author of no less than 127 books, speak at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. It was wonderful. He openly and generously shared his creative process, the source of his stories and characters, his love for classic tales, the family secrets so secret you don’t know they […]