Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month

September is Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month. Here are some reasons why writers and editors deserve appreciation.

9 September 2022 by Laura Kelly

Some of the greatest bestselling novels were initially rejected

You'd be surprised at the pitfalls some of the greatest works of our time faced. What bestselling novels initially got rejection letters?

30 August 2022 by Laura Kelly

The history of the paperback

Saturday 30th July is Paperback Book Day. Learn about the history of this medium.

29 July 2022 by Laura Kelly

The best UK spots for literary tourism

Literary tourism is a way for book lovers to travel. Here are some locations that inspired some of the greatest literary works.

15 June 2022 by Laura Kelly

A lesson from Nabokov: how to write for the senses

Metaphors are one of the most powerful devices. Nabokov was synaesthetic. What is synaesthesia and how can it help you craft interesting metaphors?

20 May 2022 by Laura Kelly

The greatest insults in Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was deft with wonderfully worded insults in his works. Here are some of our favourites.

22 April 2022 by Laura Kelly

Great podcasts to improve your writing skills

Looking for inspiration in an easy-to-consume format? Look no further than writing podcasts. We've rounded up a handful we particularly like. 

18 March 2022 by Laura Kelly

Words of advice from the most successful authors

Some of the greatest authors are no longer with us, but their words live on. We’ve looked at some bestselling authors and are sharing their writing advice. 

15 December 2021 by Laura Kelly

Imagism: a minimalist movement that changed poetry

In the early twentieth century, a poetry movement called Imagism revolutionised English literature. We’ll cover what it was, who practised it and what impact it’s had on modern poetry. 

17 November 2021 by Laura Kelly

10 English words with surprising etymology

The practice of etymology is uncovering the truth by tracing the root of a word. Find out some surprising word origins.

20 October 2021 by Laura Kelly

Feminist placards: the language of protest

Banners have a way of bringing together feminists from all walks of life. We’ll look at a handful of these and examine the power of their feminist language.

8 September 2021 by Laura Kelly

Pandemic clichés and how to avoid them

We’ll explore how pandemic clichés become so prevalent and why you should do your best to avoid them. Then we’ll highlight some useful alternatives.

25 August 2021 by Laura Kelly