Category Archives: Living a creative life

A community of writers

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet Angela Walton when she dropped in to one of my Starving in a Garret community meetings. They are informal gatherings usually on a Saturday at a local cafe. I post on … Continue reading

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How fiction/historical fiction can save historical fact

As history is very important to me I’ve uploaded this post from Debbie Robson at WordPress. From oblivion is what I mean. One of my main aims in being a writer is to preserve little known facts and make them … Continue reading

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Author platforms and protecting your intellectual property

This is a cross post from Debbie Robson – Researching and writing an historical novel on WordPress. We are constantly told that we need to work on our author platform – as many social media sites as possible. Well that’s fine. That’s … Continue reading

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Call for submissions

Tonight at Poetry at the Pub I met up with my friend Janette Hoppe. Before reading her poems, Janette spoke about her battle with depression and that she is working on putting together a collection of poetry about depression. She … Continue reading

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Newcastle Writer’s Festival & The Press Book House

I’m so happy that the home of Starving in a Garrett was the host venue for two events for the festival. The first was on Friday evening as a lead up to the festival proper – the double launch of … Continue reading

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Hanging out with criminals

Yes, that’s what I’ll be doing at The Press Book House this Saturday from 10.30. I will be looking at photos from the police files in the marvellous book by Peter Doyle. I want to sit quietly and look at … Continue reading

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A quiet place to write

A quiet place to write. I’m an expert at finding them. Since around 2008 I haven’t been able to do any serious writing at home. (Except the other night at midnight!) Just too many distractions – housework, the internet, dogs … Continue reading

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A new session on Saturday and a new location!

I’m back after a short break (and a holiday in New Zealand) with another session of Starving in a Garret. I will be at The Press Book House https://www.facebook.com/thepressbookhouse this Saturday 30th November between 10am and approximately 11.30. I’ll have … Continue reading

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Churchkey Espresso

Only a few weeks ago I met Catherine a like minded soul who has opened a new cafe at 488 Hunter Street, Newcastle – knowledge, beans and machines. The perfect place to have a session of Starving in a Garret. … Continue reading

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A change of venue and day!

As I’m wandering around a cemetery on Saturday (yes, I know history buffs are strange people) I thought I would hold Starving in a Garret on Sunday, 4th August and for a change at the excellent Agosti’s Cafe on Darby … Continue reading

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