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What Hazel thought of her Retreat

I booked onto Annie’s retreat on a whim. I was writing my first book and I had no idea whether leaving my London flat to sit on my own in a forest for a few days would help me to … Continue reading

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What Helen thought of her Retreat…

I loved my time at Annie’s. The room was cozy, the forest views were fabulous, and the home-cooked veggie food was delicious. Annie herself is lovely – charming, encouraging and genuinely interested in what the writers are getting up to … Continue reading

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What Jo thought of her Retreat

  ‘What a lovely place to write in. Annie’s retreat is the perfect blend of being looked after and being left alone. I wrote 10,000 words, reached the midpoint of my story, wore out a pen and used up a … Continue reading

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A Canadian in the Court of King Henry

I had my second international retreater at Easter. Julie Strong, a doctor and an award-winning playwright came to Keystone for a whole week, all the way from Canada. She’s re-drafting her Tudor novel. Julie was hoping for some lovely English … Continue reading

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One rule for cyber-bullies, another for the old-fashioned kind. And Lumberjills.

People are discouraged from “cyber-bullying”. Good, it’s a foul activity. But when it comes to everyday harassment, intimidation, and provocation from a flesh and blood bully, it seems it’s virtually impossible to bring the bastard to book. If the bully … Continue reading

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Disappointment and rejection

It’s hard isn’t it? And the further you manage to get, to being taken on by an agent or publisher, the further you have to fall. I’ve been submitting my latest novel to agents recently. So far I’ve sent it … Continue reading

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Nature. It’s wild.

I’ve been thinking, for all our clever technology and lovely shoes and everything, we haven’t really come very far at all. Not a very original idea I know. Let me be more particular…we, as in us living here, where I … Continue reading

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Twitter Personas

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently…the person hiding behind the tweet. I discovered Twitter nearly a year ago, and having spent years being bemused by the concept of people talking to complete strangers about nothing very much ….I … Continue reading

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One of the things I learnt yesterday…

No one in my house is sporty, not really. I swim a lot, run a little, walk every day, but that’s not about sport; it’s about feeling healthy and enjoying the landscape around me. We don’t watch football unless it’s … Continue reading

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Patchwork

That’s how I think of my life now, and I’ve always loved patchwork. Since leaving Radio 4 in February and embarking on the latest strand of my accidental career, I’ve been making a living in a variety of ways: the … Continue reading

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