Healthy Hippocampus For Memory Retrieval

Our hippocampus plays a crucial role when writing our memoirs.


Margate Bookie Literary Festival

On Saturday, October 21st, I attended the Margate Bookie literary festival to hear Deborah Levy talk about her latest novel August Blue


Our Senses Take Us Back In Time

Your hear Proust, you think cake – or is that just me?

And after I’ve had a little think about cake and the madeleines I must bake, I think about the power of smell and taste to take us back in time.


Scenes not chapters, your memoir deserves it

When crafting your memoir, I always encourage my authors to resist the urge to organise their life stories in chapters that summarise events and time periods.


Jericho Writers York Festival of Writing

I’ve just come home from the Jericho Writers York Festival of Writing, which was a wonderful three-day event of workshops, speakers, agent one-to-ones, friendship, food and dancing.


From rejection to number 1 bestseller

Thank you to memoirist Grace Olsen for this wonderful guest post. I came across Grace on Twitter and was hugely impressed with her positive attitude towards self-publishing and the success she has had.


What would you do in this situation?

Earlier this year, I finally got around to reading the memoir Educated by Tara Westover. So many people had recommended it to me.


“I bought a desk!”

This week I started the first of my new memoir writing groups. The first one was in Herne Bay, where I met with several writers, two of whom I had worked with before.


Out In The World

Something that I don’t see written or spoken about very much is how it feels to release your story into the wild.
Or at least, how authors feel at this crucial stage other than deliriously happy.


Damp Squib

Some finales are a bit rubbish, aren’t they. I never watched Game Of Thrones but I know some people really had the hump about it.

Dear Marnie