Monday, 26 May 2014

52 Ways To Write A Novel

Getting from your first idea to signing stacks of new hardbacks!
I have a spin-off blog for those interested in writing a novel.

It's called 52 WAYS TO WRITE A NOVEL: one post every week for a year on the challenges and rewards of writing a novel.

Do come and join in the discussion. Comments from new and established writers very welcome!

52 WAYS TO WRITE NOVEL.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Raw Light, reanimated



This is a quick post to let folks know I've reanimated my poetry blog RAW LIGHT, which is a blog consisting largely of writing-related posts on poetry and literary matters. It's also partly a magazine to which poets can ask to submit work, including reviews or articles. Sometimes I post personal updates too.

Visit Raw Light, which has been running since 2005.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

On Warwick Castle: new digital edition

Browse on Amazon UK

Back in 2008, my poems from the Warwick Laureateship were published in pamphlet form by Nine Arches Press. Since that pamphlet 'On Warwick' is now out of print, there is a new digital version available on Kindle only.

Priced at only 77p, this new edition contains the long title poem 'On Warwick Castle', and two other poems commissioned during my stint as Warwick Poet Laureate, 'On the Renovations at Leamington Spa Station 2008' and 'Leamophants', on the history of elephants in Leamington Spa.

'On Warwick Castle': " 'On Warwick' is the product of Jane Holland’s year as Warwick’s Poet Laureate. It’s not unusual for local laureates to write poems about major landmarks of the area, but the main poem in the collection, ‘On Warwick Castle’—described in David Morley’s foreword as Holland’s “modernist piece de resistance”—is probably one of the more ambitious works of public poetry generated through a local laureateship." David Floyd, writing in Sphinx.

High praise indeed!

If looking at this ebook on Amazon, do please click LIKE there if you feel able to. This apparently helps the book's visibility to browsing punters. Thanks!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Christmas Chez Nous

It's a big family ... and still growing!


















Not quite sure about Grandma's Santa hat.







Christmas can be a bit of a strain for my husband.



But empty packaging has many uses!


Vegetable peeling is always a potential flashpoint area.



Best to steer clear of the kitchen and figure out how the mechanical kitten works instead.



Looks tasty, doesn't it?


Time to unwind with some chocolates.


And even the animals got a Santa hat and treat bag each!

Hope your celebrations were happy and peaceful too.