Tomorrow is Candlemas, and I was asked to contribute this reflection to the Church of England's online service on Sunday (click on the link to see it at about 9 minutes in). When I was a baby, my parents brought me to church. Having moved into central London when I was about a year old, … Continue reading Candlemas reflection
The life of a saint is called a hagiography, and they are wonderful tapestries made up of myth, fairytale, hearsay and politics, with a thin gold thread of truth running through the middle. If you try to pick at the thread to pull it out and study it, the whole thing just unravels and falls … Continue reading Folklore Friday: The story of St Edmund
Congratulations to Jenni S, who won the giveaway and will receive signed copies of both Advent books - mine and Lucy's! Jenni, please use the link to contact me from my homepage or the email address under your comment on the last blog, to send me your address so that I can post your prize! … Continue reading Winner!
My friend and fellow author Lucy Rycroft has brought out an Advent book this year too! We thought it would be fun to interview each other about our books and run giveaways from our blogs. So meet Lucy, author of Redeeming Advent, check out the rules for winning BOTH of our books below - and … Continue reading GIVEAWAY and How To Write an Advent Book – Two Ways!
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!
Now that I've got the hang of Poetry Mondays, I'm hoping to use the occasional Wednesday to share what I've been up to, whether writing, storytelling or wearing one of my various other hats. Speaking of hats, I wore several at an Easter Parade in Caldecote on Palm Sunday, telling journey stories as we made … Continue reading What I’m up to Wednesday: Dragons and Hats
Every year round about now, I start to see posts all over social media discussing and debating the issue of Halloween: what to do about it, whether to embrace it, what its roots really are and whether it's a bit of fun or a terrible problem for society in general (or for teenagers, children, the … Continue reading LightCraft
I've always had a thing for hats - literal or metaphorical. I've never had a short answer to the question, "So, what do you do?" Even my tagline has three different occupations - writer, storyteller, ventriloquist. But it's not that simple, because I'm not the sort of writer that sits down and writes a … Continue reading Many hats