The Emporium by Andrew Roberts

Today I am delighted that my friend Andrew Roberts is visiting my blog to share his short story, ‘The Emporium’. Andy is an accountant by profession and a writer by choice. We share a love of telling stories and attending Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. We both very much hope you enjoy this tale. The Emporium […]

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Kindred Spirits: The Royal Mile

I first met Jennifer C. Wilson over a year ago at the writers’ inspiration the is The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Although she was already a published author, she is such an open, friendly person who works to nurture aspiring authors. It is hard to remember that Jeniifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed […]

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The Mill River Recluse reviewed by Miriam Drori

It is lovely to host a review today by my fellow Crooked Cat author, Miriam Drori. Miriam Drori’s own non-fiction book: Social Anxiety Revealed, published by Crooked Cat Books, will be released on August 22, 2017. For more information, see her accompanying blog. You can also visit Miriam’s normal blog and website, and follow her on Facebook […]

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Structure by guest author Allison Symes — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

This article was first published on 24 Novermber 2016 at—creating-worlds/structure I used to be frightened of the thought of story structure. It seemed too formal, too technical etc. I’ve found it helpful to think of it as the “edit where I check the story makes sense”, which I appreciate is something of a mouthful! But […]

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The Suitable Inheritor by Pushpendra Mehta — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

Pushpendra Mehta kindly sent me a copy of his debut novel, The Suitable Inheritor and asked me to review the book. I like and respect Pushpendra and am always a little wary about reviewing a book in these circumstances. I am always honest, even if the author is a friend or acquaintance. This sometimes causes problems! […]

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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno , ” 1. To Marcel Proust “ — agenda19892010

If a heir of a wealthy family, or middle-class family, choses an intellectual profession e.g. artist or scholar, doesn’t matter if for talent or for weakness, then he falls in a unconfortable situation among his coworkers. He’s envied for his economic independence or reckoned a insincere one, he’s suspected to be a secret agent of […]

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