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“Oh, the twerks of being a writer- literary tweaking.” To use a famous philosopher’s words: “I get knocked down But I get up again..” (…Or then again, was that Chumbawamba?) Writing a novel is hard. It’s scary. On a par with having children, with slight variations. Creating a baby takes timing, similar to the Goldilocks […]

Book review of My Name is Lucy Barton

My #Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

Title: My Name is Lucy Barton Author: Elizabeth Strout Published: March 2017 Publisher: Viking Pages: 208 Pages Genre: Literary Fiction RRP: £12.99 Rating: Five Stars   About the book Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in […]

Skilbey’s Book Review: A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

  Title: A Hundred Tiny Threads Author: Judith Barrow Published: 17 August 2017 Publisher: Hono Welsh Women’s Press Pages: 320 pages Genre: Historical fiction RRP: £8.99 Rating: 5 Stars Don’t forget, it’s Welsh Books Councils Book Of The Month in January 2018:   http://www.gwales.com/ecat/?sf_ecat_id=520&session_timeout=1 A little about the book Winifred is a determined young woman eager for […]

Skilbey’s Book Review: A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

    Title: A Hundred Tiny Threads Author: Judith Barrow Published: 17 August 2017 Publisher: Hono Welsh Women’s Press Pages: 320 pages Genre: Historical fiction RRP: £8.99 Rating: 5 Stars Welsh Books Councils  Book Of The Month in January 2018:   http://www.gwales.com/ecat/?sf_ecat_id=520&session_timeout=1 About the book Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a […]

Alive enough to have the strength to die

Alive enough to have the strength to die. Skilbey Blogs

  It’s a frightening thought and it looks like it may be true. In a nutshell, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere accelerating food growth and hence production could also be threatening our own survival. Recent research has revealed that the nutrient content found in a food source grown where there were high CO2 […]

Throwing the book at you

Throwing the book at you.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been catching up with what I neglected while preparing for the Festival of Writing, York, last month. You can read about my experiences here http://skilbey.com/my-time-at-the-festival-of-writing-york/ It’s funny. As a writer, I love unpicking the peculiar minds of my characters and I love characters that are flawed or damaged, […]

My time at the Festival of Writing, York.

Wow, the Festival of Writing was a mighty fine event. http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/Booking-Festival.html It brings together the very best industry experts; book doctors, editors, publishers and agents and successful authors, all wanting to share their experiences and their sound advice. All there, waiting to give feedback on your writing project, whatever the stage you are at. Held on […]

It's off to the York Festival of Writing

It’s off to the York Festival of Writing

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Hello to you all. I haven’t actually taken early retirement from the blogosphere. I’ve just spent the past few weeks – well, much more really – polishing up my manuscript, ready to take to the York Festival of Writing next weekend. Next weekend. Yikes. I’ve been buoyed […]

Hardly Egg-static

Hardly Egg-static

I was tickled by a feature on Radio 4’s Saturday Live (24 June) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tvjr4 presented by Aasmah Mir and the Reverend Richard Coles, previously one-half of the British pop duo, The Communards. Their brilliant morning show which sadly I now rarely catch is always filled with eclectic conversation, with the most unusual stories being the pull for […]

Black hole choking on stardust

Reassured By A Black Hole Choking On Stardust

There is something very grounding and reassuring about the recent discovery of a black hole choking on stardust. http://news.mit.edu/2017/black-hole-choking-stardust-0315 “In essence, this black hole has not had much to feed on for a while, and suddenly along comes an unlucky star full of matter,” says Dheeraj Pasham, the paper’s first author and a postdoc in […]

“Besides the lies and the mud slinging. is there anything she’s done to personally upset you?”

“Besides the lies and the mud slinging, is there anything she’s done to personally upset you?”

I had the pleasure and the misfortune of watching a few episodes of “The Housewives of…” just recently. It was unavoidable as I had promised my daughter that I would be her hairdresser that day and she had the remote for the Zombie box and it was her chosen poison that morning. It became a […]

How Do I Own Thee? Let Me Count The Proprietorial Ways

How Do I Own Thee? Let Me Count The Proprietorial Ways.

‘My name is Kaminicha.’ ‘Kami…what? I’m going to call you Kam.’ Casting a nickname onto someone or attempting to shorten another person’s name without their consent can certainly be seen as a proprietorial act, along with other behaviours involving subtle or not so subtle body movements such as placing an uninvited arm around the back […]

Politeness a Very British Affair

Politeness- A Very British Affair. Skilbey Blogs

You know the story. You are about to purchase something. Let’s stick to food as an example. This is where the heinous act is usually committed. You buy food. Let’s call it Yum. You buy a little extra than is necessary. You know ‘X’ likes it. There’s enough for seconds. You get back and ‘X’ […]

Halloween Tale

No Deja-Boo! And No Sight Of A Clown Either. Skilbey Blogs

Do you tire giving treats after the tenth witch? Or have you never lost your sense of the Deja-Boo? Halloween greetings. I bring you a true tale without witches, ghosts, ghouls,  zombies or demons or anything dripping with blood. And there’s no sign of  New Age Clowns either. They, quite frankly, deserve to be treated with a […]

Canned laughter should be kept there- in the can

Canned Laughter Should Be Kept There- In The Can. Skilbey Blogs

…then placed in a sack weighed down with the heaviest shit you can find then dropped at sea… Trouble is…canned products are reputed to be- quality wise- as good as they were when they first went in… Only after reading the compelling book  Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini many, many years […]