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I Miss Your Smile

Michael James Treacy

It’s been more than 50 years. . Same man, I think; couple of stone, slight stoop, less hair, quieter, gammy leg. Not much wiser. ….

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Claire Gallagher

You Are Not Alone Most people experience rejection when querying. Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, got so many rejections she ended…

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Writing Routines

Claire Gallagher

Time and Head Space When I was teaching full-time, I found it difficult to fit in any writing. It’s definitely not a nine-to-three job! My…

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Like Collo Hadn’t Warned Me

Michael James Treacy

“He’s gonna stuff me.” “Don’t talk like that!” Collo grabbed my arms. “He’s just a twinkling fairy!” “Yeah, but look at the size of him!”…

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Cue the Music

Bev Dalton

In that heady, comforting, all-encompassing safety-net that is the deep love forged by a long life together, my soul-mate and I tried to find ‘our…

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Claire Gallagher

Who the hell do you think you are? I once heard that authors alternate between two perceptions of their work-in-progress. One is: ‘This is amazing!…

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The International Children Books Illustration Exhibition

Eva Ulian

The International Children Books Illustration Exhibition opens its doors for six weeks every year at Sarmede, my home town, gathering the usual crowd of fans…

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Read. Write. Repeat.

Mel Lewis

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. That opening line is indelibly inked in my memory. Other fictional characters…

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Business Speak

John Duffy

The Brother has a view on modern verbiage ++ Now, c’mere ’til I tell you this. I’m all ears. What is it? The brother has…

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What Makes Great Writing?

Claire Gallagher

We All Have Our Own Opinions Of course we do! Life would be very boring if we didn’t. But there are elements to story that…

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