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Retreat changes and cancellations

February 29, 2016
The very sad and shocking news that Bob Cooper at Retreats for You has passed away means that the Literary Fiction retreat with MJ Hyland that was planned for May has had to be cancelled. I am hoping to find new venues for the Short Story Retreat and the Urbane Weekender. More info will be

Author Interview: Jackie Buxton on Tea and Chemo

February 24, 2016
A big welcome to Jackie Buxton today, who’s been talking very frankly to me about her memoir, Tea and Chemo, which was recently published by Urbane Publications, and life after a cancer diagnosis. This tale of Jackie’s treatment for breast cancer is a great read and all of the

January 2016 Themed Flash Competition Results

February 19, 2016
Thanks to everyone that entered the first new themed competition for January. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and the quality of writing was excellent.  I’m delighted to announce the first winners of the year are… I loved how this story just jumped and crackled off the

First Chapter Comp Results

February 18, 2016
The wait is over for all of those writers whose chapters went to literary agent, Susan Armstrong, to read. She’s given feedback on all of the chapters, as well as choosing a winner and two runners-up. Congratulations to everyone! And huge thanks to Susan for being the judge this time around.

Year of Indie Debuts: Freefall Into Us

February 2, 2016
Today’s indie debuts star is Tess Rosa, a fellow Urbane author whose collection of poetry and short stories is a truly lovely thing. I’m delighted to have her along to find out more about her and her writing. Warning – if swearing offends you then stop reading now! You can win a

Urbane and the Winners

January 22, 2016
You may have noticed that I’ve been very excited about Urbane Publications since signing with them. And it’s not just because they’re publishing my book! I’ve read several of the novels that have been published by them so far, some of which you can find out more about in the