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Cover story

What I’ve learned about self-publishing this week: It’s hard work. Not hard physical labour like harvesting the wheat in this heatwave, more like soft brain work – exercising the little grey cells. You are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process unless you have loads of relatives or friends with skills you can call upon… Read More Cover story

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Waste not, want not

Hope springs eternal in this writer’s breast, as another raft of literary festivals advertise their competitions for this autumn: Yeovil, Stroud, Wells and PENfro Book Festival. There are also plenty more opportunities for annual awards – some big names and big prizes, both monetary and with offers of mentoring or critiques from agents. Have a… Read More Waste not, want not

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Of nuns and enigma machines

Two things I’ve learned this week: how an Enigma machine works and what happened to nuns after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Now there’s nothing much to link these two, except they were the subjects of two events at Devizes Arts Festival this week. You, too, may have picked up knowledge about… Read More Of nuns and enigma machines