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Tips on creative writing for children, schools and adults

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

WRITING TIPS I often go into schools and universities to talk to children and young adults about writing. I have compiled a series of hints about creative writing that I hope you will find helpful. (They are all capitalized so that I can read them more easily when addressing a big assembly). I AM A STORY TELLER. EVERY DAY I SIT DOWN TO WRITE I REMIND MYSELF OF THAT. PLOT – ASK YOURSELVES A FUNDAMENTALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION: WILL ANYONE ELSE ACTUALLY WANT TO READ WHAT I AM WRITING? WILL I ENTERTAIN, BEGUILE, AMUSE, TERRIFY, TRANSPORT, MYSTIFY MY READERS, OR BORE THEM RIGID AND DEPRESS THEM?? IF YOU TELL A GREAT STORY, THE ANSWER WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE THAT YOU WILL...

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Empowering girls. It’s not what you look like, it’s what you do!

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Forging an independent identity is one of the biggest challenges many of our teens will face. It can be tough figuring out who you are, especially if the idealised identity on sale in our cultural bazaars requires a level of apparent perfection that is dispiriting rather than inspiring and relates to a static idea of how you should look, rather than what you can do with your body and mind. This affects boys and girls, but it is girls who suffer more of a dearth of healthy role models. If we look at music videos, which have a dominant effect in creating an imagery and theme tune of youth, girls are shown either as accessories or else as powerful by virtue of the...

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What makes a good thriller?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

1)  Characters we care about. There has been a recent trend to create extreme characters of varying degrees of psychopathology: Lizbeth Salander– Girl with the Dragon tattoo – Vanessa Michael Munro – from Taylor Stevens The Informationist and The Innocent – a multi-lingual, knife wielding, self-medicating psychopathic murderer with a cause. Jack Reacher with his attachment issues We afford them the status of our heroes, we want them to lead exciting lives, but we demand pain… we often like to see them confront and deal with some sort of internal struggle – Salander with her anti-social feelings conflicting with her liking of Numquist sexual and or non sexual...

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Many people dream about leaving corporate life. Here’s how I did it and the lessons I learned in the process.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

When I first stepped into the hallowed streets of the City of London as a callow 21 year old PPE graduate fresh out of Oxford, I only ever intended to stay for a few years. From when I was a little girl, I had always wanted to be a writer. Corporate life was a means to that end. In the City, I had two objectives: a) to make as much money as I could legally in as short space of time as possible, and b) to prove a point to myself and whoever I fancied might be watching. The City lured you in with the promise of money but it had another USP that appealed to my young and foolish ego: it prided itself on its hair-cloth-shirt toughness, insinuating that you had to be...

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Scientist fears CIA is attempting to weaponise weather

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

What if you could control the weather?   It’s a question that has exercised mankind for millennia.   Now evidence has emerged that the US Intelligence community is funding climate research in what a leading climate scientist fears is a step towards controlling and weaponizing weather. Professor Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has revealed in a recent conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San José how three years ago he received a telephone call from two men who claimed to be working for the CIA.  Apparently they said: “we are working for the CIA and would like to know if some other country was...

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Longbow Girl to be published on September 3rd

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Books, News | 0 comments

Longbow Girl to be published on September 3rd

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my latest novel, Longbow Girl, on September 3rd. This is a book for everyone who loves adventure, mystery,  bravery and history. Longbow Girl is for children and young adults, though friends of mine who might like to but can no longer describe themselves as young adults, have read and loved it so I think it has an appeal to all ages. It is about a young girl called Merry Owen and her adventures in the wild Welsh mountains. http://www.lindadavies.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Longbow-Girl-Teaser-v2.mp4 It is published by the wonderful Chicken House Books, founded by the legendary Barry Cunningham, discoverer and publisher of...

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