Friday 18 September 2015

Writer’s Retreat

It’s beginning to feel like a lifetime ago but it’s actually only just three weeks since I went on a writer’s retreat at the lovely Retreatsfor You location in Sheepwash, Devon. Host Debs and Rob really make you feel welcome. We were truly pampered. The meals were fabulous, with delicious food and the company and good conversation of other writers, the rooms comfortable and conducive to writing and particularly lovely was the glass of wine delivered at 6.00 p.m. to your desk. It was cosy too, sitting by the log fire. 

Thursday 17 September 2015

Pushing Boundaries, Flying Higher: writing and reading the young adult novel

9 April, 2013 The University of Salford 
Arguably the young adult novel has always existed as has the young adult though neither were recognised or named until recently. As we moved into the 21st century there was an explosion in the number of young adult novels being read and written. This conference explores the nature of this energetic novel form and asks writers, readers, academics, educationalists, those who work with young people and other interested parties the following questions of the young adult novel:         
Who are its readers?
What is its nature?
Which are its themes?
What does it look like now?
How is it written?
Why does it exist?
Will it endure?  
What will it look like in the future?
What of the New Adult novel?
Proposals for papers, presentations and workshops are invited on any of the above themes and other subjects related to them. Sessions should be twenty to ninety minutes long. Please send proposals as a 200 word abstract and a 50 word bio to  by 31 January 2016.    
For further information, please contact Gill James on 0161 295 6792 or