Win 1 of 10 places on my creative writing workshop …

To celebrate the release of All The Good Things this June, Penguin are running a giveaway with a difference. This time you can win, not a book, but a place on my Creative Writing ‘Workout’, which will take place in London from 7pm on Thursday 3rd August. This will be a fun session where you’ll learn … More Win 1 of 10 places on my creative writing workshop …

5 Things Teaching Creative Writing in Prisons Taught Me – at Penguin.co.uk (and Publication Day!)

As part of my book birthday celebrations, I wrote about teaching creative writing in prisons for the Penguin website. It’s about words and women and creativity and freedom. It’s very close to my heart. Enjoy! x 1. It can happen to anyone When I tell people I’ve visited prisons, the first thing they say is … More 5 Things Teaching Creative Writing in Prisons Taught Me – at Penguin.co.uk (and Publication Day!)

One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

Today was a good day. Not only was it ridiculously sunny, but finished copies of All the Good Things arrived. I carried them back from the post office with a big silly grin on my face which, even after I’d got home & hung out the washing, refused to go away. I guess that’s what … More One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

Behold the Cover

One of the most common questions about my book is, so will you be designing the cover? The answer is no. And thank god for that! The cover has been designed by – lo and behold! – and designer. And a very fine cover it is, too (not that I’m biased). This plus the fact … More Behold the Cover

On Reading in 2016

This year was a strange year if ever there was one and I doubt I’d have made it through without reading. Sometimes – and we all know there have been a lot of crazy times – I read because I didn’t know what else to do or, simply, to escape. Yet the thing about good writing … More On Reading in 2016

From Agent to Book Deal: My Journey to Publication (Part Two)

I’m writing this as a diversion from writing what I hope will turn into my second novel. I say ‘writing’; it’s more like walking in the dark with your hands out in front of you, sometimes stumbling into holes, occasionally running, but mostly just trudging forward, one word at a time. It doesn’t feel so … More From Agent to Book Deal: My Journey to Publication (Part Two)