Thursday, June 22, 2017

Poetry for Performance

I was lucky enough to be invited to submit some poems for a new innovative poetry anthology aimed at Speech and Drama teachers. it is called Poetry for Performance and published by The Playing Space.


The Playing Space is a drama company based in Southgate, North London. They teach speech and drama to children, young adults and adults. 

All the poems were selected because they are ideal for performance. The book has been conveniently divided into age groups:
  • poems for 6–10-year-olds
  • poems for 10–14-year-olds
  • poems for performers aged 14 and over·      


These poems are also perfect for speech and drama exams, verse speaking competitions, festivals and ideal for classroom study at both primary and secondary level. 


The book is available to buy from Amazon

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Graeme Simsion's Research Secrets

Australian romantic comedy author, Graeme Simsion, spoke to me about how you can't beat real-life experience as the best research resource.




His first two novels are, The Rosie Project and its sequel The Rosie Effect published by Penguin Books. His hero is forty-one-year-old geneticist, Don Tillman, has never been on a second date and then he meets Rosie, gets married and moves to New York.

His most recent novel is The Best of Adam Sharp also published by Penguin in the UK. This novel explores a re-kindled relationship and its consequences.

Graeme advocates that when doing research writers should talk to people and not for the facts but for the stories behind the facts. These snippets of information is what can make your writing great.

The feature on Graeme and his Research Secrets is out now in the latest issue of Writers Forum.