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Interview With The Writer Review

A great interview with Lucy Brazier, author of the PorterGirl novels. I especially like Lucy’s answer to the below question:

“What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? (E.g. software, self-help books, marketing books etc.)

Can’t say I have ever used any of those, I write everything on the standard word processing software on my laptop and I believe the only way to get better
is to write, write, write. I advise writers to invest in a good teapot and a comfy chair. That’s all you need”.

I am a poet (not a novelist). I do, however entirely endorse the comments above.

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

This won’t be published until September, so I thought there was little harm in sharing it with you lovely people now…

Please provide a brief introduction, including your name, the genre(s) you write in, previous work and where you are based. 

My name is Lucy Brazier and I write light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek mysteries, set in a fictional rendition of my home city of Cambridge, UK. I have worked for all kinds of interesting organisations in the past – including the police and the civil service – but it was my role as the first female Deputy Head Porter at a prestigious Cambridge college that led to me becoming a writer.

Which of your books / pieces of writing are you most proud of, and why?

I’m pretty chuffed with all my work to date. My first self-published novel has a special place in my heart and, although the writing style…

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Helping the Homeless

This is an excellent cause. The money goes to a charity for the homeless which avoids the risk (present when giving money directly to homeless people) that they will spend it on drugs or drink. Much better to buy the book than give money to individuals. However buying food (or a hot drink) for someone who is homeless does not risk the misuse of the giver’s donation. I entirely support those who come across homeless people buying food or a hot drink. Having said that I have, on occasions broken my rule. I remember it being a bitterly cold evening and a homeless gentleman sitting outside my local Sainsburys. My natural instinct was to reach into my pocket, whether this was the correct cause of action is a up for debate.


I’m delighted to say that as of yesterday, all royalties for sales of Where Angels Tread, my novelette about a young homeless girl, will be donated to Barnabus – a charity for the homeless, based in Manchester, UK.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I feel very honoured that Barnabus have given me permission to use their logo.

NEW Barnabus Master logoBarnabus is a Christian homeless charity based in Manchester. They started with just one man walking the streets, giving out food and drink to the homeless and now offer a lifeline to 600 visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues. Barnabus support their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and do all they can to help them get back into mainstream society. They have received the ‘unsung heroes’ Queens award for Voluntary Service, but do not receive any government…

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A Living Wage For Writers – From A Most UNLIKELY Source

This is undoubtedly an interesting idea. I note though that it doesn’t apply to my craft (that of poetry), can you hear my deep sigh?!
While I can see advantages to such a scheme (namely allowing writers to hone their craft on a full-time basis and produce great literature), having a job (other than writing) arguably does furnish the author/poet with a broader perspective on the world. Philip Larkin was a librarian while Sir Walter Ralegh engaged in diplomacy, exploring and twiddling his thumbs in the Tower of London prior to an unfortunate appointment with a very sharp implement! The poetry of both men arguably benefited from their day jobs. If, however anyone wants to pay me a good wage to compose poetry full-time I’m certainly not going to look a gift horse in the mouth …

Tara Sparling writes

A Living Wage For Writers – From The Most UNLIKELY Source

Sometimes your internet life and your real life meet in the most unlikely ways.

For an Instagram star, this might be when they get caught for Photoshopping in a sponsored tan, and out a dimpled arse.

On Facebook, it might be when you’re tagged in a photograph on the night you swore to your soon-to-be-ex best friend you were not going out.

On Snapchat, it…. Oh, who cares? It’s Snapchat.

My two lives collided briefly this week when I read an article in the Guardian about a publisher which is going to pay writers a salary to give up all other paid employment and write full-time.

Apparently, this publisher reckons that writers can’t get really good at it, unless they can do it without the distraction of having to earn money elsewhere. The Guardian says:

De Montfort Literature, a new publishing company that is part of London hedge fund De Montfort Capital…

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A Short Analysis of A. E. Housman’s ‘Tell Me Not Here, It Needs Not Saying’

This is a beautiful poem and is (along with “On Wenlock Edge”) my favourite Housman poem.

Interesting Literature

‘Tell me not here, it needs not saying’ is one of the most famous poems from A. E. Housman’s second volume, Last Poems (1922). In this poem, which comes near the end of the collection, Housman reflects on his relationship with nature, before concluding that, although nature does not care or even know about him, he feels a close bond with it.

Tell me not here, it needs not saying,
What tune the enchantress plays
In aftermaths of soft September
Or under blanching mays,
For she and I were long acquainted
And I knew all her ways.

On russet floors, by waters idle,
The pine lets fall its cone;
The cuckoo shouts all day at nothing
In leafy dells alone;
And traveller’s joy beguiles in autumn
Hearts that have lost their own.

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I Challenge You To…

Thanks to Esther Chilton for hosting this week’s challenge, in which she asked contributors to write a limerick, poem or story on the subject of holidays. You can find a number of contributions below, including a limerick and a poem composed by me. Kevin


This week’s challenge is to write a story, limerick or poem on the subject of:


Last week’s challenge was to write about sunshine. You sent in some excellent pieces. Here are a few:

Keith Channing‘s limerick is hilarious – and so true!

Sometimes, when the weather is fine
We sit back with bread, cheese and wine
There is no way how
We could do that right now

Now an amusing one from Kevin:

Drinking wine
With my friend Divine
In the sunshine,
All was good
Until being drunk
As a skunk
She fell
In the mud.
But I promised not to tell
So please keep that
Under your hat …

Please visit The Militant Negro‘s blog for something a little different:

And do take a look at Steve Walksky‘s blog for a warming read:


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