I was very glad to hear last week that I’ve passed the DipTrans which means that I am now an officially qualified translator (French to English). Continue reading “DipTrans”
An open letter to James Rhodes, pianist (in reply to his article).
James, on the off-chance you do read this (since I’m going to tweet you a link to it!) I don’t know you at all, of course, and please forgive my direct way of addressing you here – it just feels more comfortable, and easy, and inspiring to write straightforwardly in the second person rather than making an abstract response into the void – but it’s more a response to ideas I read between your lines rather than any specific commentary on your own life or experiences.
The more I talk and think about actually, concretely starting to write creatively, the more it feels that I’m being dragged over a precipice. The more I feel the need to write, the more preoccupied by it I become and the more difficult it becomes not to start. Continue reading “Plotting”
10 top tips for Twitter and Facebook
I’m running several social media workshops this season, for various types of individuals, businesses and organisations. Here’s a quick post for my session participants (and anyone else who finds it useful!) with some simple ideas about drawing up your social media strategy. Continue reading “Writing your social media strategy”
I’m going to stop being afraid of writing.
Neil Gaiman, Rainer Maria Rilke and Gustav Holst are the specific heavyweight inspirations for this burst of courage. But explaining the initial reticence which has silenced me for more than a few months is a complicated one and comes down to several wildly different things in my personal life. Continue reading “Writing”
Here’s the full text of an opinion piece I’ve drafted for the Friends of Nidderdale AONB newsletter – where it did end up, albeit in edited down form. I thought I might as well archive it here. It was a bit of a spontaneous rant inspired by the paradoxical nature of the word ‘conservation’. Continue reading “Conservation and change in Nidderdale”
I’ll continue to collate in this post an updated list of weekly Twitter ‘hours’, or timed online events. These can relate to a geographical location or a theme, or both.
See also my map of Twitter events in Northern England.
To prepare for a Twitter hour, read my article here about how to approach and manage an online event. Continue reading “Twitter networking events timetable”