Monthly Archives: March 2015

11. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (100 book challenge)

‘What book are you up to now in that challenge of yours?’ asks a lady from work.

‘Pride and Prejudice.’

‘Oh, I absolutely adored that book! Isn’t Jane Austen simply wonderful?’

I stop to consider my answer. I wish I could agree.

I really do.

It's almost embarrassing to admit how furious this book made me

It’s almost embarrassing to admit how furious this book made me

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Fuzzy (Friday Fictioneers)


I walked up to the band and said ‘shhhhhh!’ Seriously, the noise was going right through my head. But did they listen? Of course not. They just kept playing and playing with little regard for how it was impacting me and my sensitive ears. ‘Shhhhh’ I tried again. The trombone player screwed up his nose at me. The violinist rolled her eyes. Then a young lady, who I’d never seen before in my life, appeared next to me wearing this big fuzzy white gown.

‘Gran! Come on, Gran. Let’s sit you back down over here shall we?’

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly online challenge where writers from around the world post 100 word stories inspired by the one photo. To read more, click here.


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The Next Level – today’s session summary and key notes (Newcastle Writers Festival event)

Below is a session summary and key notes from today’s Newcastle Writers Festival session ‘The Next Level: How to take your writing from hobby to publication’. This is a FREE event held today at Newcastle City Hall in the Mulubinba Room at 3pm.

What the session’s about

If you’ve always thought about writing a book, this session will encourage you to start getting those words on the page. If you’ve started but don’t know how to finish, this session will help that too. And if you’ve finished the book (congratulations!), this session will give you some tips on how to polish it so it’s ready for publication.

See below for key links mentioned today in the session.

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Who are the presenters and what will they be talking about?

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Newcastle Writers Festival 20-22 March

Karen Whitelaw has motivated and inspired writers all over Newcastle and here she talks about the Newcastle Writers Festival. One more sleep till opening night!

The Writers' Life

nwf2015-programcover-smlThis year’s lineup at the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival at Newcastle City Hall will thrill any book lover. A taste of the talent: Helen Garner, Marion Halligan, Favel Parrett, Bob Brown, Michael Robotham, Les Murray, and proudly standing alongside them are locals Claire Dunn, Wendy James, Ed Wright, Jean Kent, Michael Sala, Judy Johnson…

The OPENING NIGHT EVENT is hosted by Caroline Baum. Helen Garner, Jessica Rudd and Michael Robotham will talk about the fascinating topic The Book that Changed Me. This already has me trying to decide which book I’d pick.

The full programme is online at Newcastle Writers Festival.

For anyone wanting to send their writing further than their bottom drawer The Next Level: How to take your writing from hobby to publication – Sunday 22 3pm – shouldn’t be missed. With awards in major competitions and work in a variety of online and print markets…

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FREE EVENT: The Next Level – Taking your writing from hobby to publication (Newcastle Writers Festival 2015)

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Presenters: Margaret Jackson, Aidan Walsh and Maree Gallop.

Hosted by: Jessie Ansons.


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My little fairy (Friday Fictioneers)

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‘I’m not eating unless it’s green!’

She was being a difficult little fairy and not eating her vegetables. Except for the green ones.

I hadn’t signed up to this. I thought it would be all cute little wings and waving of tiny wands deep in the garden by the brick barbecue.

‘No carrots. No corn. And only green spoons!’


Do you know how hard it is to rhyme a bunch of vegetables in a fairy spell when it’s late and you’ve had a long day?

So I took the easy way out and just turned everything green.


The Newcastle Writers Festival opens on Friday night (hurrah!) My writers group is presenting a session on Sunday called ‘The Next Level’, giving free practical tips on how to take your writing from hobby to publication. Here’s the link. Would love to see you all there (seriously, hop on a plane now and you’ll make it).

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information follow this link to Rochelle’s FF blog.


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