Costa Book of The Year Award 2015

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge has won one of the UK’s top literary prizes, the Costa Book of The Year 2015. Frances beat strong contenders with her children’s book, the first of this genre to win since Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass from the trilogy, His Dark Materials. Frances said she had not at […]

Story structure, plotting and free flow

Screenwriters and novelists, it’s not easy to turn out a good tale. A writer will get more criticism over story structure, plotting and free flow, than any other components. Why is structure so hard? I put the question to screenwriters, and unleashed a river of emotion. Here’s what stood out. Don’t start: you are not […]

How do I live a creative life?

I was fortunate enough to come across producer and screenwriter Alan Denman on twitter, about the time I was thinking of learning screenwriting. Alan has been my tutor in this impossibly difficult craft. Here, Alan explains the personal philosopy that drives his work and creative projects. Be creative, I dare you If you want to […]

Happy Easter

New Year sparkle died already? The bubbly’s gone flat and we’re all back at the day job. Never fear, Easter falls early this year on 27 March. Morrisons have got the Cadbury Creme Eggs in and it’s only 8th January. Talking of bubbly, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, and other health experts, […]

Thoughts from a reader

This guest post is by Professor Shirley Williams of the University of Reading, who is an avid reader, and had an ambitious target of reading 50 books a year, on top of her not inconsiderable workload as Professor of Learning Technologies at the School of Systems Engineering, when she was my personal tutor. What makes a […]