3-16-12: Remembering Alice Steinbach

Has this podcast been removed as when I press play there is nothing? Cheers Ani

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Alice Steinbach passed away on Tuesday.

Alice Steinbach died Tuesday evening after a long battle with peritoneal cancer.  A longtime reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun, she was the first woman at the Sun to win a Pulitzer Prize.  She was also the author of three books, and was one of the first regular contributors to Maryland Morning.  In the fall of 2007, she began a regular series of conversations with Tom Hall about books.

You can listen to one of their final conversations below.  It aired in September 2009, and in it, one of the books Alice recommended was a book called Somewhere Towards the End, about the process of aging.  It was written by a British memoirist, Diana Athill, who’s in her 90s.  She still lives in London. Alice Steinbach’s books include Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman and Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman.


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Women, Writing and Freedom

Poignant, insightful and reflective read.

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“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

This poignant and all too necessary event was hosted by Linen Press and the Contemporary Small Press on Thursday 19th October at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Campus. Celebrating women’s writing and the achievements of the press and its writers, the event also delved into the complex struggles and injustices facing women and their writing in the current publishing climate.

Lynn Michell, the founder and director of Linen Press, welcomed us all and began the evening by sharing some of the home truths and hard facts about women writers in the publishing industry. She asked: “How do we get books into the big stores without paying them to sell the books?” Shedding light on the difficulties of gaining recognition in mainstream bookstores, when the fees for production are inordinately high, meaning that authors rarely see…

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Well, I did it!!

Okay, so I have been a poor blogger.  I guess the mindset for a while was, “no-one is looking at my blog except me” and I haven’t had anything published yet.  But, as they say, “Hindsight is a beautiful thing” because of course, it is everything you shouldn’t do when keeping a blog and it doesn’t matter whether I was published or not.  I do know that keeping a blog is a good marketing tool and that my thoughts, reflections, recollections are of value and who knows, someone could benefit from what I have written on that particular day.

This year has mainly been focusing on my writing projects which are many and I will be honest I have been watching some great TV, like, Outlander, Poldark, Homeland, Prisonbreak, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Offspring and just recently the genius that is “The Handmaiden’s Tale”. I also watch a lot of Youtube, documentaries are a favourite on anything of interest as well as interviews with writers, old and new.  I always come away having learnt something valuable.  It is one of my favourite past-times.

Well I did it!!

My first published book now available on Amazon is a collection of free verse poetry called, “Times in My Life”. These poems have been written on the theme of “Time”. There are six chapters on lovely, inspirational, spiritual, confusing, hurtful and grieving times. I wrestle with the large questions of life, childhood, travel, self-image, being a single mum, nursing, changing careers midlife, empty nest, dealing with loss and grief and the rewards of living an authentic life.  I am currently working on a memoir, “Amelia and Me”, about my 22 year old cat and other furry friends of the family which is almost ready for publication and a novel called “Violet” on a 20th Century social worker who later becomes a social anthropologist and who also lives in a same-sex relationship. I am also working on my second poetry book and attempting my first children’s book. I am the happiest when writing stories and creating a world with words.

Now that my poetry book is available on Amazon, I am spending some time learning more about marketing and selling my book(s).  It is completely and utterly overwhelming but I am enjoying what I am learning which I know will lead me in good stead in my future as an author/poet.

Happy writing! Happy creating! Happy living!!

I promise I will not stay away so long this time.  Bright blessings


First blog post

I decided to post the above photo because I am writing in the evening and I just absolutely adore this picture.  The gypsy life has always interested me and I secretly would love to own a decorative caravan just like this one.

Well, I finally feel chuffed that I finally managed to set up my own webpage and blog and while I have the flu too.  I have hesitated for quite awhile because I am not an established author as yet but the more I read blogs from authors/writers and publishing/self-publishing websites, it seemed like a logical progression so that prospective Literary Agents, Publishers and also friends can learn more about me.

I came across this small piece on “Handling rejection as a writer” and her advice is golden…Here is the link –


I would love to hear from you via the comments section especially about your experiences as an aspiring writer to published author or in whatever creative endeavour you partake in?  Do you write every day or are you a seasonal writer as I know some writers spend a number of months researching and then once they have what they need, they then start writing.   Do you then write every day until it is finished?  What do you do to keep motivated? What creative writing courses do you recommend?  What have you learnt regarding publishers and self-publishers, marketing etc.  What are your favourite authors, books, genres?

I celebrate women from all walks of life that can help bring about change? It can begin with young girls and women learning about the amazing women who came before them. I think of women like Margaret Mead, Berthe Morisot, Marie Curie, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and writers like Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Margaret Forster to Doris Lessing and Joan Didion.  There are so many new women writers to admire, too many to mention that inspire me daily to never give up on what I love to do and who knows maybe one day I will be a successful author.

On a side note, always have a notebook handy and never give up on your dreams.

Thank you for reading my first blog as I enjoyed the process.  I am not sure what my second blog will be on but I am sure it will capture someone’s interest if not my own.