Happy New Year!

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Hello 2013! And Happy New Year to all the readers and followers of this blog. If this blog has alerted you to a new book, or encouraged you to re-read an old one, or to pick up a pen up, or put fingers to keyboard and start to write, or it has helped you to make a decision about studying creative writing, then I will be happy. It’s great to see the blog statistics going up, but it’s even better when someone bothers to post a comment or to send me an email because of something they’ve read here. So, please, keeping doing it.

2012 was a tough but fulfilling year for me. Finishing the MA in Creative Writing took up the majority of of my time, whilst the last four months of the year were spent recovering and re-acquainting myself with real life, whilst trying not to lose momentum on the novel editing process. What can I say, it’s still ongoing.

2012 was also the year I rediscovered poetry. Having written it by the bucket load in my teens, coming back to it as an adult has made a welcome change from the novel. I really hope to write and read more poetry in the coming year.

I also read some amazing books and I’ll be posting a list of my top ten reads of 2012 in the next few days, as well as a list of the books on my To Be Read pile.

In the meantime 2013 is shaping up to be a busy one on the writing front. As some of you may know, at the back end of last year, I launched a brand new community anthology and put a call out to the writing community for short story, poetry and life writing submissions. The Lytham Lives anthology is being editing by the writer, JA Brunning and the deadline for submissions is 5pm 28th February 2013. If you want to know more about this project and how to submit, click here or here.

This month I take on the role of Guest Editor at the Lancashire Writing Hub for three months, taking over from Carys Bray, so look out for my first post there soon.

In March, I’m looking forward to seeing Susan Fletcher coming to read at Plackitt and Booth’s bookshop in Lytham. My friend Moira and I are probably her biggest fans. So when I met her at the Edinburgh Festival I asked her if she would come to Lytham. Unbelievably she said yes!  So if you’re a Susan Fletcher fan, put March 14th in your diary and keep an eye on the Plackitt and Booth website for ticket details.

I’m also working on another HUGE literature project, which is currently at the bid stage so I can’t say too much yet. But if you live in Lancashire and you’re a lover of books and reading and storytelling, then please keep your fingers crossed for me this month and I promise you it will be worth it!

And if that wasn’t enough, I’m planning to finish the novel and send it out into the world.

So here’s to 2013. May it be a happy and fulfilling one for all of you.

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