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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…

Hills By Any Other Names

Pendle Hill Pendle Hill is a relatively modest elevation of 557 metres. It forms part of…

How to write a Press Release for your book launch.

Coventry writers’ group has just published an anthology to coincide with the start of the year’s…

Missing Girls – and how to spot them

Just over ten years ago I wrote a novel for teenagers about a couple of friends,…

A Bestseller’s tips for aspiring writers.

Many of us dream of being writers (preferably famous ones) from an early age, and may…

What is a UK City of Culture?

Blog 16 May My home town, Coventry, is the UK City of Culture for 2021. The…

An Anthology for Coventry’s year of being UK City of Culture 2021.

The coronavirus has delayed the start of Coventry’s year in the spotlight as the UK’s City…

Horde – Orda! Order!

In some dictionaries the word horde is said to come from sixteenth century Polish, Horda, or…

Treasure from India

During the heyday of Empire, when Queen Victoria was thrilled to style herself ‘Empress if India,’…

Spel Cheque.

Correct spelling, as a ‘thing’, has been back in the news recently as it was allegedly…

Knowing Your Uppercase from Your lowercase

You don’t need a post on the meaning of uppercase and lowercase, I know. You don’t…

SALE!!! How to promote your own books – or maybe not!

People following this blog – yes, both of you – may remember at the end of…

Are You Dying to Buy a House?

Like many young people in the 70s I bought my own property. Rents were high and…

It’s Not Where You Write, Or If You Write, But How.

Covid -19 has affected many people’s writing habits. Last Sunday I wrote about those so affected…