Monthly Archives: March 2015

Springtime — Simon’s Cat video

It’s Cat Monday! Once again! Oh Hooray! (Back in June last year, I found this fantastic series of small cat videos that are funny and they will make you laugh. Even on a Monday.) And so, because I’m nice like that, I’ve been posting every single one I can get my hands on. And there… Read more »

Vonnegut’s Creative Writing 101

Don’t know about you but I’m always on the look out for the perfect special notebook, pencil, or pen that will help my writing. Here are 8 helpful tips from Kurt Vonnegut on writing that are probably all you need to know: 1/ Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that… Read more »

Billy Collins on poetry, obscurity and not being difficult enough

“I have spoken a lot about wilful obscurity in poetry – where the poet is hiding behind language, using it as camouflage – and I don’t have much tolerance for that kind of poetry,” Billy Collins It’s why I love Billy Collins. In writing picture books you can be generous or self-indulgent. If you’re showing… Read more »

Happy St David’s Day!

It’s St David’s Day. So you all know what that means! No? You don’t? He’s the Patron Saint of Wales (the land of my Fathers) and his feast day is today. This means you must wear daffodils (or leeks) (I’d go with daffodils but that’s just me) on your lapel, fly the flag (yellow cross… Read more »