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  • Push the Limits
    on May 1, 2009 in Books The Writer's Life Fame writing
    For as long as they've been around, books have enlightened , instructed and given pleasure. Despite this, and freqently because of it, too, they have also offended and outraged in equal measure. The history of book censorship is long and colourful,...
  • Make Do and MendUpcycle, recycle, rebirth...today's post would have made our wartime ancestors proud! I've always been a huge fan of renovation projects whether it's one piece of furniture or a whole house. And in the current economic and ecological climate what be...
  • Write NowIf you always wanted to write a novel but never quite found the time (aka motivation), you could do a lot worse than join the annual national novel writing competition at NaNoWriMo.NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month - founded ten years ago by Ch...
  • Five Things I'm Loving Right NowI've decided that along with Shop of the Week, this is going to be a regular blog spot. The reasons for this are twofold: firstly because the things I am loving right now are notoriously transient and won't justify a whole individual post, and second...
  • Shop Of The WeekHow I miss the old London Routemasters...fond memories of travelling to school in the Elephant and Castle each day with a walkman the size of a house brick and the smell of eau de Silk Cut wafting around on the top deck...Nothing beats the sense of e...
  • Raiders of the Lost Art
    on Apr 27, 2009 in screenplays film writing Inspirations
    Most people have films that inspire them, that they revisit for the rest of their lives and which occupy a special place in their heart. Not many, however, decide to remake them... But in 1982 this is exactly what three schoolboys did, and the res...
  • Pinch Me
    on Apr 26, 2009 in Interiors Design
    In the lexicon of modern furniture design, Pinch is ccertainly a brand to conjure with. Founded in early 2004 by husband and wife team Russell and Oona Pinch, the collection debuted at the 100% Design show with 10 original pieces that went on to win...
  • MidCentury Goes MobileOh I do love to be beside the seaside.....and even more so when it's seen from the vantage point of an Eames chair or two...Yes! The Midcentury Show is having its annual sojourn away from London on 10th May 2009 and has chosen as its location the bea...
  • Make Your Mark
    on Apr 24, 2009 in Design
    via Google Images Graffiti: Italian, plural of graffito [scribbling; graffito, a scratch]:usually relating to unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface. (From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) Whether you believe it to be an anti...
  • Shop Of The WeekEach week I’m going to be recommending some of the books, films, music and shops that inspire me. I think it’s a great way to introduce them to a wider audience and I hope you will take a punt on some of my recommendations and enjoy them as much...
  • Once Upon A Time
    on Apr 20, 2009 in Books Design writing
    If we looked at the history of literature, I think a lot of the great books would be kids' books and I doubt this is just a coincidence. Now, more than anytime else, they've got a huge job to perform, engaging the toughest of audiences, and ensuring...
  • When Art and Film Collide
    on Apr 18, 2009 in film Screenwriting writing
    As someone who reads scripts all day it's hard for me to relax at the cinema. Like a personal relationship where the goalposts keep changing, I can't stop asking difficult questions. But whilst many times this can spoil the experience, where Steve Mc...
  • Lost for WordsWill Self claims to never suffer from it, Henry Roth took sixty years to overcome his, whilst John Fowles's particular manifestation saw him living out the last twenty years of his life as a virtual recluse in Lyme Regis. Whether it be real or imagin...
  • Shaggy Muses
    on Apr 16, 2009 in Dogs Books The Writer's Life
    This is my dog. There are many like him, but this one is mine...darn, wrong post (see A Room Of One's Own, below).Is it just a coincidence that there is a long and well documented association between writers and their dogs? True, they hardly know the...
  • A Room of One's OwnThis is my desk. There are many like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my desk is useless. Without my desk, I am useless. I must write at my desk. I must write better than the competition...
  • Five Easy PiecesIt probably comes as no surprise that one of my other great passions in life is mid-century modern design which, without doubt, has much in common with great writing. Both epitomise the principles of passion, structure, forethought and longevity as w...
  • Scriptwriter Goes CyberWhy are good British scriptwriting resources so scarce? I've been a subscriber to Scriptwriter magazine since its inception; read it, loved it and stashed it under the bed for future reference but the print version has now been withdrawn in favour of...
  • Almost Famous
    on Apr 15, 2009 in Books The Writer's Life Fame
    So the book has been out a fair while now and I'm still having to work for a living...who knew? But I am happy to say that I am steadily working my way up the ladder of the popular press literari. First stop was The Sun, then it was The Daily Express...
  • The Script, The Script, The Script...So said Billy Wilder when asked what the three most important elements of any film were. I can't disagree, although as a writer, I'm probably biased. However, it never fails to amaze me how many would be authors, screen or otherwise, don't actually r...
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