Sharing the Stage

21 March 2016

  It's been a wonderful few weeks, spent mostly talking (and listening) to exceptional artists in all fields.   From the Poems to Make Grown Women Cry event at the National Theatre, in support of Amnesty International - sharing the stage with Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, Maureen Lipman and Elif Shafak amongst others - to chatting to David Hare and Claire Tomalin at the Festival at Hampstead Theatre, it's always enjoyable to listen to other people's experiences of writing and creating work.    All very different from sitting alone at a desk and dreaming up imaginary characters (ie the life of a

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26 February 2016

This year, rather than talking about my own writing, I'll be out and about interviewing others writers and artists -  novelists, playwrights, actors, directors, biographers.  From the National Theatre, SouthBankCentre and Hampstead Theatre in London, to Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex, over the course of the next eight months I'll be sharing a stage with playwrights and authors including: David Hare, Mark Hayhurst and Ian Kelly, biographers and social historians including Claire Tomalin and Juliet Gardiner, performers Darcey Bussell, Julian Fellowes and Maureen Lipman, directors such as Rachel Kavanaugh, Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies, the multi-million selling children's author Francesca

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Remember, Remember . . . my desk!

16 November 2015

Sorry to have been off the radar for a while.  The combination of a writing deadline, lots of book events in the UK and Europe - and the twentieth anniversary of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - meant that my desk became a distant memory. It's the modern day curse of all writers, the fact that you find yourself spending more time talking about writing than you do actually, er, writing . . . After a wonderful weekend at the Lavenham Literary Festival, the next week or so brings a few more diary dates - tomorrow, at the Sussex

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Now we are twenty . . .

12 October 2015

After a month of celebrating The Taxidermist's Daughter, October brings a new celebration - the twentieth anniversary of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). To mark this wonderful milestone, we are running a two week campaign in association with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to find the 'Best of the Best' of our last decade. It's a great opportunity to look back at our winners of the past ten years, remember why we loved the novels so much at the time and to introduce a new generation of readers to these exceptional books. Last week, the

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Words, Words, Words

22 September 2015

Well, well, well ... what an incredible couple of weeks. Talks, interviews, book signings, television studios, radio broadcasts, the business of having a novel published leads to thousands more new words being spoken, written, shared ... Apart from a sore throat (kidding), I've enjoyed paperback publication enormously. Highlights have been: lovely Eamonn Holmes at Sky Sunrise talking about both The Taxidermist's Daughter and the Agatha Christie story I was commissioned to write by the BBC to commemorate her 125th birthday; a sell-out event in my home town of Chichester in the local library; being filmed for the Richard & Judy

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