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