Simon Morden and the collapsing camping stool

Great to hear that Simon Morden's Samuil Petrovitch trilogy has won the Philip K Dick award. As you might guess, it's science fiction - not something we often run into here at Downie Towers.  But I'm enormously grateful to Simon.  Over the years I've sat on damp sofas, wet grass, and a collapsing camping stool … Continue reading Simon Morden and the collapsing camping stool

Very short stories, very famous names

Some of us have never quite got to grips with Twitter, but if you have, here's a chance to write alongside some top authors: Launching on 14 September 2011 for 5 consecutive weeks, Simon Brett, Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris, Ian Rankin and Sarah Waters will lead a short story tweetathon in which authors and tweeters … Continue reading Very short stories, very famous names

Lichfield Literature

Lots of good things happening in Lichfield in the first week of October. The  lineup for this year's literature festival is here and includes Adam Hart-Davis, Sophie Hannah, Douglas Hurd, Val McDermid, Eleanor Bron, Lionel Blue, and Colin Dexter.  There is also, in the lower right-hand corner of the webpage, a writer of mysteries set in … Continue reading Lichfield Literature

Festival of History

No blogs for a fortnight, then two in two days - but this one's just a quick reminder. All over the country, re-enactors are brushing their uniforms, polishing their armour and praying for fine weather  for the English Heritage Festival of History on 16/17 July. Here's a link to the on-site Festival of Historical Literature , … Continue reading Festival of History

Meet Sarah Bower

Today we're taking a brief excursion forward in time from the Romans, and I’m delighted to welcome a guest who not only writes marvellous novels, but is also in demand as a tutor to other writers. Sarah Bower’s first novel, THE NEEDLE IN THE BLOOD, was Susan Hill’s Book of the Year in 2007. Her … Continue reading Meet Sarah Bower