I'm off to Scargill House in Yorkshire this week, for an annual writers' retreat led by Adrian and Bridget Plass. This poem was written for them, and the metaphor in it is one they often use: a narrow path of grace between the mountains of law and the swamp of licence. You can find this … Continue reading Poetry Monday: Path
Welcome to another WIUTW! Yes, that's two consecutive Wednesdays. Things are looking up. This week I have mainly been editing my book of folktales about adventuring girls, which I'm pleased to report has now been sent to the publisher. Of course, this doesn't mean it's finished - there will still be further edits, and reviewing … Continue reading What I’m Up To Wednesday: Fascinating facts
I'm not sure how this poem is not yet included in my blog, given that it has now appeared in several other places on the internet. Time to put that right. The poem grew from a remark made by Malcolm Guite on one of his retreat days at Otley hall; I forget the context, but … Continue reading Poetry Monday: Trees
Oh, dear. Six months since I last blogged. What on earth have I been up to? Well, since January, I have been writing full time for the first time ever. I haven’t booked any new appearances or visits since the beginning of 2018. I’ve even turned down my favourite, regular gigs (I miss you guys! … Continue reading What I’m Up To Wednesday: the BIPs
One of the best things about being a member of the Association of Christian Writers is the opportunity to meet other writers and discover new books. Recently I've been doing a bit of light reading penned by a new friend, and here is my review: I’ve just finished reading two of the four Livi Starling … Continue reading Tuesday, Reviews day: Livi Starling
I have been very fortunate recently to be part of the launch teams for a few great books. One of these, which came out yesterday, is Tanya Marlow’s Those Who Wait. It’s a gorgeous book which explores, through the imagined thoughts and feelings of four Bible characters, all the spiritual learning and longing that comes … Continue reading Tuesday, Reviews Day: Those Who Wait
Last week has been full of Bible storytelling, which has included reading, writing, performing and watching some really creative takes on Bible stories. On Saturday 7th, I was in London for an ACW event, hearing Glen Scrivener talking about telling God's story; yesterday I had another opportunity to watch the great Bob Hartman at work; … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: A Good Book
A couple of weeks ago, I attended Christian Resources Together, a conference for those in the world of Christian publishing and retail to network, resource each other and celebrate successes together. I was there as publicity officer for ACW (The Association of Christian Writers), which didn’t stop me having a good natter with some publishers … Continue reading Tuesday, Reviews day: CRT titles
There is nothing much more exciting than opening a big box and finding shiny, new copies of your own writing: picking up and feeling the weight of your own book for the first time. But this one isn't my own book! At least, it isn't all my own. The plot, the characters and lots of … Continue reading What I’m Up To Wednesday: Our Book Is Here!
I think it's time to bring one of my most-shared poems to a new home on this page. I wrote it in 2012 when most of my nights consisted of pacing the floor with my baby son, punctuated by replacing my three year old in her bed. With both of them, I often resorted to … Continue reading Poetry Mondays: Why doesn’t prayer work on sleepless children?