Category Archives: General

Creative Writing Retreat? Creative Writing Holiday?

Writing holiday? Writing retreat? Oh, it’s such a conundrum, what do we call our writing weeks? I worry that writing holiday sounds too lightweight, too much fun, not enough sweat, grind and concentration on difficult stuff. Doubts might linger that … Continue reading

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Sex And The Single 67–Year–Old Woman

  I hate my vibrator, it makes me feel an absolute fool. It’s a big, fondant pink Rabbit, presented to me two weeks into a new relationship, a couple of years ago. Make of that what you will. An acknowledgement … Continue reading

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Why I’m Adding Dancing

  Last night I went to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho with my 28-year-old daughter, 40 years after I was a Saturday-night regular with her father and got down to James Brown. Gone are the days of smoke filled … Continue reading

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Mums, Babies and Bumps Creative Writing Workshops

We now invite mums-to-be to join our classes and write down their journey. ‘You’ve made me a much better Mum. I think what you do for new Mums is remarkable and transformative.’ Charlotte ‘If I could only afford one class … Continue reading

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Writing, Walking & Meditation Holidays Spain 2017

‘Think Gosford Park meets Pedro Almodavar!’ Where? Finca Buenvino, Sam & Jeannie Chesterton’s elegant and bohemian Andalucian family home and organic farm, set in 150 acres of the Sierra De Aracena National Park in south west Spain. Recently voted one … Continue reading

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Writing & Walking Holidays Wales 2017

When? Fri 28 April – Tues 2 May, 4 nights. Fri 22 Sept – Tues 26 Sept, 4 nights Where?   http://www.nooksnowdonia.co.uk/ a beautiful, secluded, private, family-owned retreat set in 94 acres of Snowdonia National Park. How much?  Sharing £600 in twin room or … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Diaries

Photo courtesy of Archivist magazine. When my mother died in 2004, three months after my father, I was convinced they’d hatched a plot to disappear on yet another unaffordable fancy cruise. In their 57 years together, they’d never spent more … Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learnt – Breast Cancer Part 14

With Sarah Maxwell, personal trainer and the woman who gave me back my body. Thanks to Finca Buenvino for the location. Photo: Georgia Read-Cutting   In no particular order… 1. Don’t put your Aloe Vera in the ‘fridge unless you’re … Continue reading

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Radio 2 – Breast Cancer Part 13

I’ve hit the wall – 10 days into radiotherapy, five more to go and suddenly, sitting still seems such a good idea. Gazing at my laptop screen, planning what I would do if I could be arsed. Listening to Snatam … Continue reading

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Radio Routine – Breast Cancer Part 12

    Simon Patterson, ‘Cosmic Wallpaper’ My brain runs riot, my eyes jiggle and jump. My dreams are escape plans to nowhere; reconsidered, reconstituted  relationships; obstacle races through unfathomable mazes.  My heart pounds, my head aches. I’m coming off Citalopram. … Continue reading

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