Heroines of Teen Literature, at Lincoln Waterstones, Wed 29 Oct

YA authors Kerry Drewery, Zoe Marriott and Emma Pass will all be appearing at Lincoln High Street Waterstones at 6.30, Wednesday 29 October.

All writers of strong, independent female characters, they will read extracts from their books and take questions from the audience.

Kerry’s website: kerrydrewery.tumblr.com

Zoe’s: www.zoemarriott.com

Emma’s: www.EmmaPass.com

Kerry is a frequent guest on Siren Radio’s Inspired on Air: check out following post.

The Shakespeare’s Birthday/St George’s Day Field Trip.

Our Shakespeare’s Birthday/St George’s Day Jaunt to Tupholme Abbey; followed later by visits to the bookshops of Horncastle, including The Most Dangerous Bookshop in the World (Tim Smith Books).

Ranin and Chelsea selfie

Ranin and Chelsea selfie

Frank thinks of Britt Ekland

Frank thinks of Britt Ekland

Joel looks at a pond

Joel looks at a pond

We eat pizza

We eat pizza

This is another pond

This is another pond

Ranin gets to go into an English field

Ranin gets to go into an English field

The Fourth Lincoln Drift

Photos from the Fourth Lincoln Drift:
“Who You Looking At?
Weird Beastie
Weird Beastie Looking On.
Reflective Students
There’s more to this than meets the eyes (ie, you can see two students reflected in the window).
Student Accomm
At the back of student flats.
Get Writing
You may be having a coffee but you’ve still got to write something.
Get Writing 2
That includes you.
Studious Student in Bookshop
How to look studious in a secondhand bookshop.
It Always Ends With Cake
It always ends with cake. Today, for Ranin’s birthday.

Poet Tony Curtis defends creative writing courses.

Poet and Emeritus professor Tony Curtis responds to Hanif Kureishi’s jibe about creative writing courses being a waste of time (TC being external examiner on the MA in Creative Writing here at Lincoln):

If Hanif Kureishi feels his experience as a teacher of creative writing at university level has been so negative, perhaps he or the University of Kingston should consider his position. My experience of introducing and teaching the subject at the University of Glamorgan, now the University of South Wales, beginning in 1982, was more positive, with some undergraduates and postgraduates going on to publish. Of course, that can never be the stated aim of such courses, but the success of published and award-winning writers and poets from a course reflects back on both their fellow students and the teaching staff…

Read in full.

Nice bit of publicity for Hanif Kureishi, though.


Being an author is like being a shark….


Writing a book every five weeks:

“Being an author is like being a shark, you have to keep swimming or you die,” he says. “People don’t want to wait a year and a half for the next book in the series, they want instant gratification.”

Russell Blake in WSJ on his prolific book-writing career.

New poetry: Poetry of Hospitals and Waiting Rooms, Shirley Bell.


New from redplantpress, Shirley’s latest collection of poems written during the time her husband was waiting for his triple heart bypass.

You can buy the book from Amazon here, and read more at Shirley’s blog. Any profits will go to the British Heart Foundation.

And while we’re at it – congratulations to Shirley on getting her MA in Creative Writing!

Free Poetry Books Society membership for students.

The PBS has launched a free student membership, which is open to all UK higher education students, who can enrol by emailing or sending their proof of student identity to us.

Students can join online and contact will be via email. Once they have enrolled and logged in, student members will be able to view the online version of the Bulletin, our quarterly review of the best new poetry, in the restricted members’ area. They can also order books and receive their 25% members’ discount.

Read more at PBS.

Disruption 101 for Self-Publishers.

The publishing industry is undergoing significant disruption. Amazon is pushing down book prices and controlling the point of sale. Self-publishers are flooding the market with cheap books, producing some very high quality work that competes with traditionally published books, and proving a new business model that may well lure authors away from traditional deals.

The level of disruption cannot be underestimated, and it’s going to have a significant impact on publishing as we currently know it.

Read more at Forbes.