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Smart Talking

There are plenty of English words used in the UK that started life in America, jumped…

Definition of the word Party

This blog does not do politics, so nothing that follows should be construed as party political.…

Ghostwriting Memoirs – a growing market

Books, as we all know, come in many genres and one of the most popular is…

A Christmas Story

Christmas is just around the corner. That time of year when we gather by cosy hearths…

Buy Books for Christmas!!!

Not many shopping days to go before Christmas, and if you’re stumped for a present why…

Have You Had the ‘Film Rights for Your Book’ Dream Yet?

Many writers dream that, maybe one day, one of their books will catch the eye of…

What’s a Cowen?

My attention was caught recently by a question posed on the radio – what did a…

The Decline of the Apostrophe?

The linguist, Dr Vaclav Brezina, said recently “There has been a very noticeable drop in the…

A Date With Gaia.

Cop26 in Glasgow, Scotland, has finally finished with delegates struggling to agree even their watered down…

Are You Mononymous?

Are you mononymous? Go on, admit it, you haven’t a clue what I am talking about.…

The Cop26 Lexicography.

If you haven’t heard that Cop26 has just started, you must have been living on a…

writingandbreathing SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL – SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH Southam Book Festival is going ahead again this…

SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL – SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH

SOUTHAM BOOK FESTIVAL – SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH Southam Book Festival is going ahead again this year…

‘Trigger’ Warnings

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about some academics being concerned about the content…

Sex Sells (And Why I’m Not Rich)

Sex sells, we’re told. The allure of sex (most often manifested by scantily clad females) sells…

Does Shakespeare need Re-writing?

Shakespeare, to his fans, is timeless. His plays can withstand almost any interpretation; be set in…

Writing About Nature

I don’t write ‘nature books’ – it sounds like a specialism requiring, at the very least,…

Coventry Stars of Stage and Screen

Avid readers of this blog may remember me reporting that I contributed to an anthology compiled…

Silent Echoes – launch of new book

This week my latest novel, Silent Echoes, appeared on Amazon. I have a few dates pencilled…

Active or Passive Voice? Words Matter!

A few days ago a terrible tragedy took place in Plymouth, England. The author, Joanne Harris…

Word crimes – or how to catch a killer by their writing.

A book was published a few years ago that was described as a ‘must read’ for…

Mad Dogs, Dog Stars, and Dog Days.

The Met Office has just issued its first ever extreme heat warning for the UK as…

All things gynaecological (well some anyway)

When you call yourself the Vagina Museum, one kind of expects you to be a museum…

More about Butlers and Bottles.

In my last post I talked about the origins of the surname Butler, coming as it…

Surnames, and what they tell us.

Surnames, or family names, often tell us more about our origins than we might want to…