Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Keep images safe online

Many parents know (and worry) about all the ways young people share pictures of themselves online. And we can all imagine the horror of discovering that a photo...

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The Girl Who Couldn’t Read – by John Harding

I don’t review books. These are the words I use when I review a book. I have to be incredibly overwhelmed and full of compulsion to review a...

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A spontaneous booky offer for schools!

I am in a very good mood at the moment. Work is going really well and the novel I’m writing has, at last, has submitted to brutal wrangling. This has...

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Publishing Talk in a Room of My Own With a View

This article is from the current issue of the very excellent Publishing Talk. Warning: may cause envy. And it is where I’m going to be ensconced for the next...

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“Neglect everything else”

I’ve just read a wonderful piece by David Mitchell – writers, do read it! You may be sick of advice on writing or not even want any, but...

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