“Slouch to 5k (for writers)”

“Unlocked in Lockdown: Slouch to 5k (for writers)” is a 10-week blogpost series (started in response to the COVID-19 crisis) aiming to support you if you have stalled with a writing project, by rekindling your connection to it. Each week, I’ll post about an unusual/creative activity (it may not even involve writing), with the ideaContinue reading ““Slouch to 5k (for writers)””

Journaling – a Tactic for Writers/Creatives in Difficult Times

17th March 2020 Dear writers and creative folk, We are going through unusual times and many of you will have had your lives already affected by restrictions imposed as a result of national and international Coronavirus health concerns. In these circumstances, I am taking the liberty of writing an extra “Loveday’s Letter”, to share myContinue reading “Journaling – a Tactic for Writers/Creatives in Difficult Times”

Frankenstein in the 21st Century….

For fans of Mary Shelley / Frankenstein, and any literature lovers curious about this masterpiece of Gothic / Romantic literature / science fiction in its 200-year anniversary: If you’re within reach of Frome, Somerset, on Saturday November 17th, I’m teaching a workshop on Mary Shelley’s novel, at the Cheese and Grain from 10 a.m. to 1Continue reading “Frankenstein in the 21st Century….”

Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Venn Diagrams

At the recent Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a short workshop with the writer Carrie Etter about the relationship between flash fiction and prose poetry. It’s a topic that fascinates me – two forms that are close to my heart. During our presentation, we talked about some of theirContinue reading “Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Venn Diagrams”

An Artistic Temperament?

An Artistic Temperament? The third section of Three Men on the Edge (I’ll get to the second section next time), is a sequence of 36 micro-fictions called ‘Chewing Glass’, and it revolves around the life of Martyn. Martyn is a young, melodramatic and impotent artist in love with his best friend Anja, and probably tooContinue reading “An Artistic Temperament?”

Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny

When did clowns stop being funny? Some trace a change back to Stephen King’s 1986 novel It (adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990 and a film in 2017), where a malignant being disguises himself as a clown called Pennywise and terrorises neighbourhoods. It spawned a generation of cultural imitators, not to mention real-life counterpartsContinue reading “Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny”

Living on the Edge

I grew up with a form of identity confusion. My family home was in Northwood, in the former postal county of Middlesex, a region on the Northwest edge of Greater London. “Middlesex” belonged to London. But we had a Hertfordshire phone number. We lived on a quiet street. But 50 yards from a fairly busyContinue reading “Living on the Edge”