I love this time of year. A chance to pause; reflect; plan ahead. To curl up with a good book. And to make lists, and foist them on other people. Although for most of this year I’ve been immersed in research, I’ve managed to read some new novels too. There’s a quick round-up of some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my blog.
Reading for pleasure is a treat in the solitary process of editing and re-drafting my novel, which still takes up much of my working life. I was thrilled when it was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize , and judge Broo Doherty called it ‘a beautifully written novel about identity, forgiveness and coming to terms with the past’.
You can be intrigued by my work here.
2019 has been tumultuous on many fronts. I’ve been grateful for the encouragement and support of fellow writers, especially on social media. The creative act of writing, and the empathy it engenders, feels more necessary than ever.
2020 will no doubt bring more challenges. But tough times can prove fertile for creativity. And working as a secondary school writer-in-residence, and seeing students’ talent, imagination and energy, gives me hope for the future.
Wishing readers and writers everywhere a happy, hopeful festive season.