Lockdown DIY

Since lockdown first hit in March 2020, I know I'm not the only person who stood in their priso- I mean, home, and thought it could do with a little spruce up. I was always too nervous to try doing DIY myself, but after joining a few DIY groups and following some amazing accounts on …

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Exciting news!

I can't really believe I'm writing this, but I have just been signed by the wonderful Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency! I submitted my historical fiction novel during their Pitch DHH event, and was thrilled to get a slot. I've never pitched in person before, and was nervous about saying enough, but not too …

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Welcome back to The Bandwagon!

I'm absolutely delighted to be reopening The Bandwagon, the blog I started way back in 2014. When I signed my first publishing contract in 2018, I found that I didn't have as much time to dedicate to this blog, but now we're back and raring to go! First, some housekeeping. You'll notice that The Bandwagon …

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Cornish Writing Challenge: Meet runner-up Liz Carr

The first Cornish Writing Challenge ran from April-June, and drew in a variety of excellent short stories. Read on to find out more about runner-up Liz Carr, and read her submission, A Mere Mortal. Liz Carr has been a writer and editor in higher education, for charities, and commercial organisations since 1990. She has also …

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Cornish Writing Challenge: Meet runner-up Terry Newman

The first Cornish Writing Challenge ran from April-June, and drew in a variety of excellent short stories. Read on to find out more about runner-up Terry Newman, and read his submission, Time. Terry (aka Dr Tel) Newman is a former research scientist who came into his second career via comedy writing for the BBC and …

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Cornish Writing Challenge: Meet runner-up Julia Macfarlane

The first Cornish Writing Challenge ran from April-June, and drew in a variety of excellent short stories. Read on to find out more about runner-up Julia Macfarlane, and read her submission, Cornwall For A Change. After a varied career, encompassing time as a tax inspector, a French-German translator, and management positions in various universities, Julia packed …

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A week’s writing retreat + a signed novel by Jane Johnson

A great cause, with a great prize.

Authors for Grenfell Tower: An Online Auction

hopway cottage mouseholejane johnsonITEM: A week’s writing retreat and a signed novel by Jane Johnson.

DETAILS: The winner will receive a signed copy of my novel COURT OF LIONS and a week’s accommodation for two people in our writing retreat in Mousehole, Cornwall (date to be determined according to availability). Value, depending on time of the year, between £450 and £900.

BIO:Poet Dylan Thomas called Mousehole ‘the loveliest village in England’, and he’s not wrong. Historic, picturesque, uniquely Cornish, Mousehole is a traditional fishing village that combines wonderful views with great hospitality, marvellous restaurants and cafes, two safe, sandy beaches and a climate all its own. The cottage is less than 50 yards from one of the best traditional pubs in Cornwall: the Ship Inn. Hopway Cottage Mousehole

WHO CAN BID: Worldwide, but travel costs are the responsibility of the winner. Reserve price on this item is £150.

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The Bandwagon: Silenced

Last year, I had a falling out with some family members, over what was really a misunderstanding. But, old feelings came to the top, and it boiled over. A few sharp words were exchanged, then we were all blocked. I wrote a blog post about it, and that was that. Or so I thought. Today, …

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Cornish Reading Challenge 2017

It's back! You thought I'd forgotten, didn't you? We may have missed St Piran's Day, but the Cornish Reading Challenge will still be running in 2017 - from May 13th until May 27th. As usual, we'll have a host of incredible authors involved. We'll have guest posts, book reviews, giveaways, recommendations, and many more exciting things! …

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