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A few hints and tips for taking small children up mountains

October 14, 2018

Planning to read Romany and Raq with my children (wildlife and night walks)

October 7, 2018

Reading with seven-year-olds (turn, turn, turn)

September 25, 2018

A new start

September 18, 2018

A note to my children in defiance of all things illness-related

September 15, 2018

I ran a race and I liked it

September 2, 2018

It’s Not A Race

August 27, 2018

Cader Idris and a lot of fog

August 23, 2018

Taking the kids shopping in HAY ON WYE

August 19, 2018

Fan y Big (it’s a hill!)

August 18, 2018

Corn Du and Pen y Fan (easy walk for children)

August 16, 2018

Swim for Logan 2018

August 6, 2018

Walking the Miners’ Path up Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon – with 3 children (and I fall in love with Glaslyn)

August 4, 2018

A tired, lonely, miserable run in the rain

July 21, 2018

A tea party from The Magic Faraway Tree (and taking fiction back into real life)

June 29, 2018

In the Kingdom of Overwhelm (writing about chronic illness)

June 25, 2018

PLUM SKIN — in RIPENING, NFFD Anthology 2018

June 10, 2018

Race for Life

June 7, 2018

THERE WILL BE NO LACE — Flashback Fiction

May 14, 2018

THE WHALE – Necessary Fiction

April 4, 2018

If I won the lottery, I’d build a reading garden

March 20, 2018

What do children like to read?

March 19, 2018

I read The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

March 18, 2018

Mother’s Day

March 11, 2018

Reading Born To Run: The Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-Runners, and The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

February 14, 2018

2018 Reads to recommend

February 6, 2018

Reading Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for children (and could we survive in the wild?)

February 3, 2018

Christmas: season of joy or giant overwhelm?

December 20, 2017

Failure and rejection

October 16, 2017

Back down from the mountain

September 18, 2017

Llyn Idwal — a mountain lake swim and an ideal walk for a six-year-old

August 24, 2017

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 3: The Llanberis path and Hafod Eryri

August 23, 2017

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 2: the prep and clobber involved in taking children up hills (and my kit list)

August 22, 2017

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 1: do I take my children up?

August 21, 2017

Adventuring again

August 20, 2017

Swim for Logan charity swim for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

August 6, 2017

Wearing the sea

July 22, 2017

Reading Roxane Gay and talking about fat

July 6, 2017

The story of Mr B

July 5, 2017

Short short short stories (adult and child writers)

June 29, 2017

Watching a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale (TV adaptation)

June 12, 2017

Holes by Louis Sachar

May 7, 2017

My copy of The Bell Jar

April 10, 2017

250-word challenge #storygym

March 29, 2017

The school librarian

March 6, 2017

Writing opportunities for children

February 23, 2017

OCCASIONALLY — Bath Flash Fiction anthology, To Carry Her Home

February 20, 2017

When you start a new project… and fall into a swamp (again)

February 8, 2017

Looking back to the lost pieces

January 12, 2017

On short stories in which nothing happens (writing with children)

January 4, 2017

Hello, 2017

January 1, 2017

The last day of 2016

December 31, 2016

The battle of Christmas tree vs. 2016

December 22, 2016

The freelancer versus employee debate — Who wants to be Whale 52?

December 21, 2016

Please can we keep Father Christmas under control?

December 14, 2016

Quirky books: The Times Concise History of the World

December 7, 2016

Best reference books for children aged 3 to 12 years?

December 5, 2016

To the music

November 2, 2016

Shortlisted — Bath Flash Fiction Award

October 31, 2016

SMILE up at 101 Fiction – Hallowe’en issue

October 30, 2016

Writing to music — what’s your inspiration?

October 29, 2016

Hummingbirds

October 23, 2016

Which are the most beautiful (or weird/furry/ugly) children’s books?

October 20, 2016

2016 School library update

October 11, 2016

On The Color Purple by Alice Walker

October 4, 2016

Jump!

October 3, 2016

Libraries, schools, and school libraries

September 30, 2016

After ten years of volunteering in school

September 27, 2016

The landscapes that dwarf us

September 22, 2016

Wild storytelling with Grendalilly and Two Shoes

September 7, 2016

Guardian Witness

September 6, 2016

Review: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

September 4, 2016

BARE REALITY: 100 WOMEN, THEIR BREASTS, THEIR STORIES by Laura Dodsworth.

August 29, 2016

The #Brexit vote in Cornwall: why now is not the time to mock

August 24, 2016

EVERYTHING LOVE IS by Claire King (@ckingwriter)

July 28, 2016

Summer updates and two summer reads

July 21, 2016

A personal take on Brexit

July 7, 2016

Whoops (limber up, Boris)

June 26, 2016

The Chree

June 14, 2016

Boys, boys, boys

June 10, 2016

Sheep

May 25, 2016

The Grammatical Kittens and other SPaGs

May 10, 2016

Reading The Hobbit aloud to children

March 8, 2016

THE STONE BABY — Blue Five Notebook

February 29, 2016

And so I read SKELLIG

February 24, 2016

WHEN JANEY SEES CATS — The Pygmy Giant

February 22, 2016

Real-life narratives — staying safe

February 17, 2016

Creative nonfiction: should we write about the people we know?

February 13, 2016

After, again, and any road

February 7, 2016

Children’s books — my 2016 reading list

January 12, 2016

Going off-topic: how does it feel to not eat for two days?

January 10, 2016

The rain bird

November 25, 2015

It’s been twenty years since I wrote a love letter

November 18, 2015

Words that should exist: Smugnome

November 15, 2015

Bridport 2015 shortlist

October 17, 2015

Empurple

October 7, 2015

Morrab Library book sale and a copy of AMBIT

September 27, 2015

Another 100 books — comment on the @TES top 100 books for primary children

August 4, 2015

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee — erm, is it supposed to look like that?

July 17, 2015

Books for children — which titles would you buy?

July 16, 2015

MR STINK at Penlee Theatre

July 12, 2015

Little Fest stories and poetry at Penlee Theatre

July 11, 2015

THE SIREN — Twitterfic at The List

June 28, 2015

LONDON — in LANDMARKS, NFFD Anthology 2015

June 16, 2015

WIND SPINNER on the Fictionaut blog

May 26, 2015

Shortlisted (Queensferry Press, Best Small Fictions 2015)

April 8, 2015

Writing Short Stories (nice surprises and new starts)

January 21, 2015

MAYBE A FOX — Ink Sweat and Tears

January 13, 2015

So who is Father Christmas?

December 15, 2014

Just this

November 28, 2014

The perfect writing competition?

October 25, 2014

Does anyone know where I can find the anchoress story, please?

October 6, 2014

If I could change one thing about my writing career…

September 22, 2014

The Rogue Theatre Summer Ball

August 28, 2014

Stories that I tell my children #1 The Bookcase and the Boy

August 11, 2014

Review: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

August 6, 2014

Forty-four (Eighty-eight)

July 27, 2014

Morrab Library

July 19, 2014

June

June 30, 2014

Metazen?

June 25, 2014

Website design & how I started blogging @TheThemeFoundry

June 24, 2014

VINEGAR in EATING MY WORDS — NFFD Anthology 2014

June 6, 2014

#bookadayuk — June 2014

June 5, 2014

The abandoned things

May 20, 2014

My submissions diary

May 12, 2014

Small social deaths: the literary gaffe (and a literary sofa, and a literary giant)

May 9, 2014

So who puts mahoosive porkies on their writing CV?

April 23, 2014

Love this: nickname

March 21, 2014

Oak-aged

March 15, 2014

Lost lands and old stories

February 24, 2014

Plots, pants, etc

January 20, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions, cake and curmudgeons

January 18, 2014

THE SUGAR-FREE SCENT OF TODAY at Metazen

December 17, 2013

LITTLE HANDS OF HAPPINESS — Mslexia

December 8, 2013

I have moved!

December 5, 2013

Northwrite — collaborative fiction

November 1, 2013

Working for free

October 14, 2013

Gravity spine poems

August 18, 2013

An alternative writer’s retreat? Adventuring in the Scillies

August 17, 2013

The World’s Fastest Flower by Charlotte Simmonds

August 3, 2013

Forays: Madron Well

July 28, 2013

A few competition links

July 4, 2013

A COIN, TWO COINS — What The Dickens? ‘The Busker’ Anthology

June 23, 2013

Heads up on flash fiction

June 21, 2013

Flash Mob ’13: Lots of groovy flash (and… me)

June 20, 2013

ROSE PETAL EYES in SCRAPS — NFFD Anthology 2013

June 15, 2013

ALL PROUD — Flash Mob 2013

June 10, 2013

NFFD 2013

June 4, 2013

A most excellent book dedication

June 4, 2013

Being compar’d

May 26, 2013

On Goodreads

May 23, 2013

Flowery prose

May 5, 2013

From the sublime…

May 1, 2013

Thank YOU, World Book Day — for making us cry

March 7, 2013

What’s a typical debut novel advance?

February 11, 2013

Reading: Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

December 27, 2012

The Next Big Thing

December 17, 2012

Other people’s shorts

December 6, 2012

Conversations with S. Teri O’Type by Christopher Allen

September 14, 2012

Why I have not bought a Kindle

July 12, 2012

The books we read (versus the books we expect to read)

June 30, 2012

Are you about to peak — or are you past your writing prime?

June 23, 2012

Housewife with a Half-Life — Author interview with A. B. Wells

June 18, 2012

At 2am

June 11, 2012

All About Flash — NZ

May 31, 2012

Wet kennings

May 22, 2012

FIRST PERSON and WRAPPED in JAWBREAKERS — NFFD anthology

May 15, 2012

Groovy radio moment

May 15, 2012

RIPENING and ALMOST in KISSING FRANKENSTEIN AND OTHER STORIES

May 9, 2012

THE COWARD’S TALE and author interview with Vanessa Gebbie

April 22, 2012

Highly commended in 2012

March 12, 2012

Why do we write (letters)?

January 28, 2012

The Normblog Profile 401: Martha Williams

December 23, 2011

Too young to write, too old to count

November 22, 2011

Are you a hermit?

October 7, 2011

Jonathan Pinnock, Proxima Books, and Tentacles — It’s Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens!

September 25, 2011

Words for Breakfast (and why we love longlists and Tania Hershman)

April 22, 2011

PAY ATTENTION: A RIVER OF STONES (two mindful nano pieces)

February 16, 2011

JOSHUA’S HAND – Cazart Flash Fiction

September 1, 2010

Welcome

February 24, 2009