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The best job in the world

So it’s official. According to a YouGov poll, writers have the most desirable job in the country. Are we surprised? Of course not. Many of us have wanted to be a writer since we could spell it. It’s in our DNA. We have stories flying around in our heads the whole time, distracting us, and…

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When Sarah Met Judi

I can’t remember when I first met Judi Curtin. It was almost certainly at a book event. It could have been a festival or a launch or a reading drive. I knew her writing of course, I’d read and enjoyed her first book, Alice Next Door when I was a children’s bookseller and I’ve loved…

Useful ways to meditate.

Hello all! Spring-time is here and it’s kind of a relief to be honest. I spent the morning spring cleaning furiously and singing along to a song about a possessed mongoose I can’t get out of my head. I clean when I’m trying to sort things out in my head, I find scrubbing and things…

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Growing Snowdrops

I’ve got to be honest, I struggle a bit with winter. I like the idea of it – you know, on paper (or better still, in films) – I mean, there’s snow and steaming hot chocolate and crisp clear days where you see almost forever. And December has Christmas (not to mention my birthday) which…