Louise and I first met in 1995 at the celebration of 25 years of the MA Creative Writing course at UEA, when we both featured in the anthology Class Work, edited by the late Sir Malcolm Bradbury.
The blog Something Rhymed is a wonderful site, run by friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney who met over a decade ago, at a time when they were both living in rural Japan – working as English teachers by day, and scribbling stories in secret by night. Their blog profiles a different pair of female writer pals each month, with Emily and Emma Claire challenging themselves to complete an activity based on a prominent feature of that particular friendship – adding a celebratory note to today’s resurgent feminist conversation.
To read the full text of my interview with Louise, do hop over to the interview. We’re happy to be published in relation to Elizabeth Bowen and Iris Murdoch. You may also enjoy the interview with another of my writer friends Liz Jensen with her friend Polly Coles profiled in relation to the writers Mary Lamb and Dorothy Wordsworth.
In my novel The Modigliani Girl I satirise a group of writing friends. But in real life, literary friendships are vital to me. In the coming weeks I’d like to acknowledge other literary friends here, to celebrate the importance of literary community, as a central part of the writing life. You can also acknowledge your female friends with the hashtag #somethingrhymed as suggested by Emma Claire and Emily.
If you’re longing for literary community, do sign up for my newsletter to be kept informed about the relaunch of my online community The Completion Club in April and also a very new community which I’ll be launching with my literary friend Clare Barry. I’m so looking forward to meeting many of you in the members area of this site and possibly in person too.
This month, I’m delighted to continue my relationship with The Asian Writer website by contributing a guest post on Common Mistakes in Writing Fiction and how to avoid them. Here’s an excerpt from the post, […]
In those heady days, back in 1995, when I achieved my dream and had my first novel The Temple of Hymen published by Penguin, it was easy to take myself seriously as a writer. How could […]
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I first discovered the story of Jeanne Hebuterne from Linda Lappin’s wonderful essay ‘Missing Person in Montparnasse: the case of Jeanne Hebuterne’. I was already a Modigliani fan and was researching his life, shortly after […]
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When I first met novelist and playwright Alice Jolly, she was between projects, uncertain about her future direction as a writer. We worked together only briefly, but I have been so delighted to witness her […]
In his wonderful book The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, David Ulin writes that reading is “an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction, a matter of engagement […]
On January 22nd 2015, I will be celebrating the publication of my novel The Modigliani Girl. I’m really excited about this publication by Blackbird Books. To celebrate this news, I’ve decided to run a competition and to […]
When Sharon Zink launched her book Welcome to Sharonville at New Writing South in Brighton, we were lucky enough to have Nicola Joy recording the event on video. If you enjoyed the previous post about Sharon’s publishing […]
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