The Cambridge e-luminate festival – 10th-15th February 2017

The festival is underway. We went to the launch yesterday, and took advantage of the night market in the Market Square, which was doing a roaring trade in street food. The snacks provided some much-needed warmth. It was so cold that I was tempted to use my nose to operate the camera on my phone. … More The Cambridge e-luminate festival – 10th-15th February 2017

Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Last weekend I had a thoroughly self-indulgent time attending a talk by Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson. Hannah has recently written Closed Casket, her second Hercule Poirot mystery, commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited. Meanwhile Dawson’s latest book, The Crime Writer, is about novelist Patricia Highsmith, and according to The Guardian “achieves a wonderful blurring of … More Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Writing Inspiration – real life hooks, and the benefits of snooping

I wrote a couple of weeks back about my favourite hooks in fiction, but recently the importance of real-life hooks has come home to me, as triggers for my own story ideas. It’s always the tale part told that fires my imagination – a half heard conversation, a historical story where the full truth has … More Writing Inspiration – real life hooks, and the benefits of snooping

The 2013 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

The Cambridge E-Luminate Festival has been taking place over the last weekend. It was the result of a collaboration between artists, educators, cleantech companies and researchers and involved an interesting array of lightshows, talks and demonstrations around the city centre. This greenhouse shows off the work of artist, Susie Olczak, and its panes are the … More The 2013 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

Cafe@the Library

The post-Christmas period seems like a good time for seeking out more frugal options for eating out in Cambridge. For a budget breakfast, lunch or tea, I really recommend the cafe at Cambridge Central Library in the Grand Arcade. The food’s delicious and imaginative and you can get a filling meal for £3 – £4. … More Cafe@the Library

Orpheus Britannicus Vocal Consort – up close and personal at Trinity Hall College Chapel

Rejoice in the Lamb – Orpheus Britannicus Vocal Consort – Britten, Poulenc and Alain Trinity Hall College Chapel is intimate. I sat in a pew facing towards the centre aisle and am pretty sure the person sitting opposite me and could have tweaked my nose if they’d felt like it. I have to confess that … More Orpheus Britannicus Vocal Consort – up close and personal at Trinity Hall College Chapel

Write Stuff – Advice c/o Cambridge Wordfest

  As promised, here is a follow-up post relaying the excellent advice for aspiring authors provided at Getting Published Today, a Wordfest event that took place on Saturday. Those passing on their tips were: Nicola Morgan – an award-winning author of 90 books and giver of crabbit advice to aspiring writers everywhere. Nicola runs a … More Write Stuff – Advice c/o Cambridge Wordfest

Write Stuff – Cambridge Wordfest Spring 2012

Feeling very excited now as the rather large batch of Wordfest tickets I ordered the other day popped through my letterbox this morning. Only limited funds prevented me from booking the weekend of 13/14/15 April solid. The Cambridge Union Society – a Wordfest venue Highlights for yet-to-be published writers include the Getting Published Today workshop … More Write Stuff – Cambridge Wordfest Spring 2012