Song writing season… some reflections

This is my song writing time of year. I’m writer in residence for the Da Capo Music Foundation and we’re in the run-up to the annual summer school which always features a new suite of songs – music by composer in residence John Ashton Thomas, words by me. I’ve just finished this year’s lyrics, and I’ve been reflecting on what this exercise involves, and what it teaches me about writing more generally.

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Coming soon: Assalay volume two

With fingers duly crossed against last minute disasters, I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be publishing volume two of the Assalay Trilogy, The Singing War, on 30 November 2015.

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Reflections on Writing and Walking

I have been writing slowly recently.

A few years ago, when I was writing The Assalay Trilogy, I was faster. I worked pretty steadily at a rate of about 1000 words a day, five days a week. I haven’t achieved that since and I’ve been wondering why. Maybe it’s…

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Volume Two of The Assalay Trilogy

I have been busy revising and editing volume two of The Assalay Trilogy, The Singing War, over the summer, and have just about got to the point where I’m ready to send for a proof copy. Actually, I’m not quite ready to, but I probably will anyway, simply because there’s such a huge pleasure in having a real, physical book which you can feel and smell as well as read.

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