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Quay Voices, available now

I’ve a short story, Crossroads, in the first volume of Quay Voices. It’s available now from Impress Books. It also includes writing by Ray Antrobus, Patrick Gale and Monique Roffey as well a heap of other new writers.

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Writer for hire: using the new term feeling

Get yourself a new pencil case and get writing!

Use the new term feeling to boost the last few months of this strange year.

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Lockdown working is not flexible working

Organisations are looking at how to build new ways of working out of their emergency response to COVID-19, and we need to think about this with care.

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Writer for hire: Autumn 2019

We went to see Little Women at the very end of December 2019. I absolutely delighted in the scenes of Jo March, writer for hire, negotiating with her editor. I really enjoyed this adaptation, which played around with flashbacks and broke the fourth wall. Like, I suspect, a lot of women who write, Jo March…
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Writing retreats – building your own

Here’s my DIY to create a writing retreat that reinvigorates your creativity.

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Building an ethical framework around disinformation

Communicators are – or should be – held to ethical standards around misinformation and disinformation. Here’s how to provide some tools for building an ethical framework that can inform your approach.

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5 sources of free valuable audience insight

Understanding your audience is critical. Here are five sources of free, valuable audience insight for communicators and writers.

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Exe-Lit festival’s second year delivers

Exe-Lit festival’s second year showed how a small city can deliver creativity, as has Exeter’s recognition as a UNESCO city of literature

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How does information flow in your organisation?

I’ve been reading the Remotely Interested report from Jenni Field (Redefining Communications) and Benjamin Ellis (SocialOptic). I was particularly interested in the findings about line management and information flow.

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The only essential writing tools I always have with me

I can happily procrastinate with stationery for *weeks*. Here’s the essential tools my decades of research have settled on.