Monday, 19 June 2017

Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction

The University of Iowa's International Writing Programme is running a free (yes free!) massive open online course (MOOC). Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction will focus on writing about identities, communities, and social issues in fiction and nonfiction.

This MOOC will:

  • Encourage you to write both fiction and nonfiction
  • Encourage you to explore the intersections between the two genres
  • Encourage you to explore the intersections of individual, community, and global identities
  • Encourage you to examine the effect of current social issues on individual, community, and global identities
  • Foreground the principles of short and long-term fiction
  • Foreground the principles of three forms of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir essay, and personal essay
  • Support your experience of creative and cultural exchange with writers around the world!

Opened: May 15, 2017 - there is still plenty of time to participate.

All I can say is that each week the course continues to blow me away, not just with the quality of the well-established and award-winning writers that share their expertise in the weekly videos but with the excellence of the whole course in the way it has been so well constructed and delivered.

I encourage you to take a look and sign up!


Monday, 20 March 2017

NaPoWriMo 2017

Image from: NaPoWriMo2017 
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day, totalling 30, for the month of April.

It's been ages since I've written any poems, and I did rise to the challenge in 2013, so I'm going to give this a shot!

So on that note, I'm calling out to all you poets to join me (it can be lonely on your own). Let's get our pens to paper and write those poems.

I'll be posting (or attempting to post) my poems here, so as to keep them all in one place. Do keep in touch and drop by with a comment, or better still share your poem!


Monday, 20 February 2017

Born Between the Lines: Book Launch Update

On the afternoon of 4th February 2017, my latest book, Born Between the Lines was launched. The event was held at Islington Central Library in north London—the area I grew up in as a young child.

I opened the launch by thanking the following people highlighted in the Acknowledgements section of the book:

  • Tania Charles, who has been my writing buddy for the last two years and who has acted as creative consultant, which included editing and proofreading the manuscript;
  • Elaine Miller, who laughed and cried whilst browsing the manuscript and provided valuable support;
  • Linda Beever, who consistently checked in with me on how I was progressing;
  • Natalia Currie, who has always taken an avid interest in my writing projects.
  • Andrew Moore (my son), who with a critical eye helped with the book design.
I also thanked the following:

  • Nicola Greenwood, who has, throughout the years, supported a range of my writing projects and poetry events.
  • Islington Central Library for providing the room and refreshments.

Nicola Greenwood,  Launch Host, (and poet extraordinaire) led the afternoon by providing an inspiring insight into her reflection of the book.  The launch theme was Cultural Connections; excerpt readings from two chapters: Socialising and Discovering Jamaica followed.  

Nicola weaved these questions in between the readings: 

  • What drove and inspired you to write this book?
  • What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
  • What was your favourite part of putting the book together?
  • What message is most important?
  • What do you want your readers to get from the book?
  • What next?

The answers to the above questions are in the following Youtube video:

Thanks to the attendees who came from Berkshire, Dagenham, Kent, London and Watford, which made for a dynamic intercultural dialogue.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

How to get your FREE copy of Born Between the Lines

Like a bargain? You can't go wrong with this offer:

For a limited time only ...

My new autobiography, Born Between the Lines is free from 12th - 15th January on Amazon in kindle edition. Get your FREE copy now!

The book launch will be held on 4th February. Watch this space for more information ...

Happy reading!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

What Are Your Creative Goals for 2017?

Happy New Year!

What are your creative goals for 2017?

Mine are:

  • Launch my new book, Born Between the Lines;
  • Post a series of book related YouTube videos;
  • Write/Publish a New Collection of Personal Essays;
  • Be more consistent with my blog posts;

Need help with your creative goals for 2017? Check out a brilliant Webinar Recording,  Plan To Achieve Your Creative Goals in 2017, by Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, which covers:

  • How to take a step back and decide what you really want for your creative life;
  • How to prioritise your To Do list so you stop wasting time;
  • How to calculate the time you need to achieve what you want and how to find that time in your busy schedule;
  • How to create a production schedule for your writing;

One specific tip (there are many) I did take from Joanna's video, that I know is going to be very useful—especially for recording writing ideas—is Evernote, an electronic notebook.

Happy writing for 2017! 

Friday, 16 December 2016

Born Between The Lines - Book Release Update

It's official: Born Between The Lines was published on Amazon in a kindle version on 12 December 2016. The paperback version will be available in January 2017.

Here is a link to Amazon:

Born Between The Lines - Link to Amazon

Here is my Book Release video on YouTube:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Coming new book 'Born Between the Lines' - An Autobiography

I know it's been a year since my last blog post, but there has been a good reason.  I have been working on my autobiography! The front cover image is above.  What do you think? I hope you all like the design.

I expect a proof copy of the book sometime this week and once approved, it will be available on Amazon, in Paperback and Kindle versions.  I will keep you posted.

Born Between the Lines is a revealing, honest, and powerful autobiography which draws upon themes that include race, cultural heritage, identity, education, freedom, and independence. I have written about those important experiences and intimate relationships that have impacted the quality of my life and have made the difference in many of the life-decisions I have made.

Born Between the Lines is a story of adversity and courage, of fragmented family ties and tensions, of unearthing close guarded secrets, where I discover the bittersweet truth about my family's life.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing a range of YouTube videos about why I wrote the book, the writing/artistic process, and what I hope readers will takeaway from the narrative.  Born Between the Lines will be published soon and launched in January 2017.  After the launch, I will be providing readings on YouTube.

Book Excerpt

My first video