‘Autumn days when the grass is jewelled…’

The summer holidays are over and it’s back to work.  For some of us this means more lovely writing time, for others less – depending on whether you have children in the house!  I love this time of year as it always feels like a fresh start.  New pens, writing pads, writing courses, new ambitions and opportunities – just like the first day of term.  At last I’ve had time to catch up on some of the questions in the comment boxes of my posts, and I do apologise to those of you who have had to wait for a reply.  I’ve tried to answer as best I can, but please remember I’m not an expert in the publishing world, just someone who likes to find out information and share it as I go.  So you can take what I say on board or you can feel free to scoff at my suggestions and walk away laughing with derision.

And now here’s some exciting news to keep everyone’s morale up: follower of this blog Gabrielle Kent has just signed a three book deal with Scholastic for her ‘Alfie Bloom’ adventure series.  She is signed with the Ben Illis Agency.  I met Ben at the Winchester Writers’ Conference and was really impressed with his enthusiasm and commitment to nuturing talent.  As an expert in the gaming industry, I’m sure Gabrielle is going to be an exciting and appealing author for today’s young readers.  You can read an excerpt from ‘Alfie Bloom: the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle’ here.

As for myself, besides submitting several books I have some short plays coming up over the next few weeks.  ‘Let’s Play Deception’ will be on at the Playground new writing night from Ghost Dog Productions at the Horse and Stables in London on 22-24 September, ‘Mr Robinson’s Blood Test’ will be in Pint Sized Plays in Tenby in October, and ‘Warm, Hot, Getting Hotter’ will be a rehearsed reading by the Attic Theatre Company at Playfest 2014 at Wimbledon Library on 11-12 October.  I hope to see at least two of these and will try very hard not to laugh at my own jokes (a habit which makes me look terribly self-indulgent and self-congratulatory – perhaps I am finally becoming a luvvie due to sudden exposure to the theatrical world).

March madness!

It’s an exciting month for me, fellow scribes.  My short play The Voices is being performed as part of Ghost Dog Productions‘ new writing night at the Horse Bar, London, while previous play Love in the Time of Magicka is currently ‘on tour’ at the Little Black Box Theatre in Bristol and then next month at the King’s Arms in Salford, with a new director and cast for each location.  All three venues are fab ’boutique’ theatre spaces that love new writing.

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Theatre space at the Horse Bar – small but perfectly formed.

 

Meanwhile my article on decoding the mystery of blogging stats is in this month’s Writing Magazine (misleadingly labelled April issue, as magazines are from the future).

Exciting times!  Meanwhile I’m working on a full length play for a competition, plus some more short pieces.  But never fear, I shall still be watching out for opportunities to submit to children’s publishers and for writing tips to share with you.  My main tip this month: take every opportunity that comes your way.  You never know what might happen!