Reading and writing

Recently I have been experimenting with writing memoir, and short stories based on memoir. I have been reading short stories by George Saunders, and books about about prose writing such as his brilliant book on the Russian Short Story, ‘A Swim in a Pond in the Rain‘. Today I read a chapter of Robert Olen … Read more

Panicale Writing Retreat

Panicale is a Tuscan villa and gorgeous brand new retreat house next to it, with shared patio, and swimming pool, in the middle of the Tuscan mountains in a quiet little village. Both of the houses have been renovated by Martin, an architect – see my gallery page for more pics Writing sessions and one … Read more

The spirit of Shakespeare today

I have been re reading my notes from a talk by Erica Whyman from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here is a link to an interesting project that she talks about. https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/shakespeare-nation-q-and-a-with-erica-whyman She was asked ‘how is the spirit of Shakespeare alive in writing and theatre today?’ She cited ann immediate relationship with the audience, plays … Read more

Notes on Radio writing

black transistor radio in the middle of the field

Here are some notes I found today on writing for radio from a course run by Jessica Dromgoole What is the territory of the play? You don’t want to be told off by radio, better to think in a more open way about the central question you want to explore. What is the central narrative … Read more

WOFFF 2019. “Confidence does not equal talent “

This Sunday, I attended a couple of sessions at the Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF) at Depot Cinema in Lewes . This festival is an inspirational challenge to a stereotype that the film makers’, screenwriters’ or actors’ creative visibility disappears at fifty; quite the reverse, this is when we hit our stride. What is … Read more

Stunning Caryl Churchill plays at Royal Court – at 80 years old

Last night I went to see Caryl Churchill’s linked plays Glass.Kill.Bluebeard.Imp at the packed Royal Court Theatre. The plays were rich, formally inventive and evocative, but that’s what I expect from all her plays. As a whole, they riffed on myth and legends of violence, superstition, and female rage. Between the first three plays, a … Read more