the Mockingbird Blog Posts

  • Blogs I Love
    on Apr 11, 2011
    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the things I like to read. How the mainstream has become less and less satisfying. How independent writing has made me laugh, made me cry and made me think. This is a blog post mostly about bl...
  • Stripes with Paisley
    on Mar 20, 2011
    Stripes with Paisley??... I can hear the fashion Nazis screaming for miles. Guess what! Their angst is not my problem! I freely admit that I break all the rules of dress sense every single day. But hey, I’m already breaking a substantial...
  • I remember it well...
    on Mar 11, 2011
    I have been thinking about memory and identity a lot just recently, especially as I have begun a new writing project with my American counterpart, Mel. Here she talks about the deeper meaning behind memory, and how experience colours what we actually...
  • Five Films
    on Mar 9, 2011
    Five films that are rocking my world right now. (Actually, four films and a game... but nobody’s perfect). Sanjuro – It really doesn’t matter how many times I watch this film, or the fact that I do have to rely on subtitles, because...
  • Inspiration
    on Mar 1, 2011
    Inspiration. Now there’s a word to conjure with. It was the Oscars this week, and as usual there are a million different opinions out there, this should have won, that should have won. Etc... so forth, so on... It’s no secret that the mov...
  • Things about Modern Life that drive me clean around the bend.
    on Oct 27, 2010
    Today I was a reluctant witness to the death of the English Language. It came in the shape of a phone call, and it so thoroughly unnerved me I nearly moved to another carriage in the train. Now there are university professors who proclaim that spell...
  • Interview with an Author: Kim Menozzi
    on Oct 24, 2010
    As many people know, I am a partner in the publishing company, diiarts.com. As we head towards our first anniversary, I thought now would be the moment to talk to one of my author's in the run up to publishing her new book. Ask Me If I'm Happy is lau...
  • 15 Authors I can remember offhand
    on Oct 3, 2010
    Okay... here goes, perhaps not as literary as some, but my measure of a book is a darn good yarn. One that has me daydreaming about it for days afterwards. In no particular order. 1) Jack London - I can spontaneously shiver even now. White Fang and...
  • Say what I mean... and mean what I say...
    on Aug 31, 2010
    So it's goodbye to The Bill... After twenty-seven years. You can officially colour me gutted. I've been watching since Woodentop first aired in 1984. Whilst TB has been one of my favourite programmes over the years, it has been so much more in thi...
  • Agent or No Agent...
    on Aug 17, 2010
    Everyone is suddenly talking about them. So I thought I would chuck my ten cents worth in there. Okay, I have to admit that a lifetime's experience of agents has not been the best proving ground to trust their abilities. My mother's theatrical agents...
  • The Arts?
    on Aug 1, 2010
    Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) I had high hopes when I was proposed for Fellowship of the RSA. A meeting of minds perhaps; a place where my interest in the arts, in the process of creation, in the celebra...
  • Un-Common Places
    on Jun 30, 2010
    When I started out on my publishing adventure, and it is an adventure, I never suspected the places I would be finding and falling love with. Some of them from my own living room. I signed up for Second Life only this year. I'd known about it for a...
  • Now I really have read every damn thing!
    on Jun 7, 2010
    For the uninitiated, and my non-UK friends who would otherwise not see any of this, in the UK we have newspapers. Actually, the word in itself is a bit of a stretch... apparently “news” includes stories about people you have never heard a...
  • Open Letter to ITV
    on Apr 24, 2010
    http://mock-ing-bird.blogspot.com/2010/04/open-letter-to-itv.html Sirs I read with considerable interest the article by Alexi Mostrous in the media section of today’s Times. Apparently, The Bill “attracted an ageing audience unattractiv...
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