Escape the Plot Forest Virtual Summit

Escape the Plot Forest Virtual Summit

I just spent five days attending the Escape the Plot Forest Virtual Summit, a writers’ conference organised by Daniel David Wallace, ex-pat writer, editor and teacher of creative writing based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Promoted as a complete guide to the plotting process, “first step to first reader” approach to telling stories, by common agreement of…

World Book Day 2020

It’s World Book Day, 2020!

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of…

World Book Day 2019

Event: World Book Day – 7 March 2019

World Book Day 2019 will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019 and aside from the World Book Day books, the theme is ‘Share a Story’, with a range of new initiatives that will help to get even more books directly into the hands of children and young people, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have…

Review: Warwick Castle

Top tourist attraction, part castle, part stately home, is an entertaining mash-up of historical periods, displays, mini-tours and tableaux. Firstly a warning – in fact, two warnings. The first is that Warwick Castle has been run for the last thirty odd years by the Madam Tussauds parent company, which, as the famous London waxworks museum…

Art: The Museum of Everything

“Hidden from view around our world, humble pockets of creativity bustle: dynamic studios where self-taught artists discover, form and make.” “The Museum of Everything presents Exhibition #4, the world’s largest survey of progressive studios for self-taught artists from across the planet, plus Exhibition #4.1, the exclusive Judith Scott retrospective, recently featured on BBC2’s The Culture…

Exhibition: BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2011, now until 18 September 2011 National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London. “The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Over the past thirty-two years the Award has proved the launch pad for the careers of many…

Event: Cheshire the Cheese-Loving Bear Launch Party

Friday 15th July, Cheese Please, Lewes, Sussex Cheshire the Cheese-Loving Bear is a children’s book written by broadcaster John Henty and illustrated by veteran politicial cartoonist Alex Noel Watson, with an accompanying CD by international audio-book legend, actor Martin Jarvis (Just William, Jeeves and Wooster). At £7.95, all proceeds go to The Royal Marsden Cancer…