Writing advice blog: family sagas

Susie Helme I’ve recently reviewed two novels, both of which are family sagas, i.e. the tale of Protagonist’s parents, and their parents and their parents. The first used the structure you’d expect: Part I dealt with Protagonist’s father and his parents and grandparents; Part II dealt with Protagonist’s mother and her parents and grandparents; PartContinue reading “Writing advice blog: family sagas”

Writing advice blog: repetition and variation

Susie Helme I’d like to say something about repetition and variation. Repetition is one of the principles of design, and it adds balance to your work. Beginning with a certain phrase, idea or piece of dialogue and ending with a repetition of that same element is one good way to structure a short story. IfContinue reading “Writing advice blog: repetition and variation”

Writing advice blog: character voice

Elaine Graham-Leigh At our BGBW meetings, we have a regular slot where one of us does a presentation on an aspect of writing. It can be something we know we’re struggling with, something where one of us has done some thinking recently, or just a topic we’re interested in. We’ve decided we’ll start sharing these,Continue reading “Writing advice blog: character voice”

Editorial consultancy from Bounds Green member Susie Helme

Susie Helme has launched a new editorial consultancy. She says: “Every good writer needs an editor. Building on my experience in journalism and subediting and on my work with Bounds Green Book Writers, I am now offering freelance services in proofreading or developmental editing. I can edit your nonfiction work–essays, theses etc–but I would mostContinue reading “Editorial consultancy from Bounds Green member Susie Helme”

Out now: Looked After Boy by Lynda Brennan

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of Looked After Boy by Bounds Green Writer Lynda Brennan. Topical and hard-hitting, this is a story for 11+ readers about County Line gangs and the care system in which fourteen-year old Joe Mac struggles to find his own voice in a hostile world that constantly disempowers him.Continue reading “Out now: Looked After Boy by Lynda Brennan”

Out now: The Lost Wisdom of the Magi by Susie Helme

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of The Lost Wisdom of the Magi, by Bounds Green Writer Susie Helme. Set against a background of the Jewish Revolt against Rome of 66-70CE, The Lost Wisdom of the Magi tells the story of Sophia, a Babylonian Jew who learns ancient languages at the royal archives of the ParthiansContinue reading “Out now: The Lost Wisdom of the Magi by Susie Helme”

Our third selection of Lockdown Lit is here

In our third and last selection of Lockdown Lit, the difficulties of lockdown are to the fore for some of our writers. For Michele Witthaus, ‘life is filtered as if through muslin’, in Malaise, as people ‘try to stick to a script they barely understand’ in Distance Education. Sean Chard, ‘living on lockdown with notContinue reading “Our third selection of Lockdown Lit is here”

Our second selections of Lockdown Lit are now out

We’re very happy to announce our second tranche of Lockdown Lit, and what an outpouring of creativity it’s been! Life in the pandemic has given us such scope for fiction. Jo Somerset gives us an evocative account of a summer spent swimming in Scotland in Swimming Away from the Virus, Lynda Brennan reflects on theContinue reading “Our second selections of Lockdown Lit are now out”

Announcing our first selections of Lockdown Lit

We’ve had a fantastic response to our call for lockdown lit submissions and we’re delighted to publish our first selections. In poetry, stories and prose poems, these pieces cover the range of lockdown experiences, from separation from loved ones in Julia Wood’s Sitting on my Husband, changes to home live in Sarah Dale’s Everyone isContinue reading “Announcing our first selections of Lockdown Lit”