Speaking at a Book Group

This morning I spoke at a book group meeting. The members of the group had read my debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, and they invited me to come and speak. They wanted to discuss the writing process and the background to the book. It was an interesting experience for me as an author … Continue reading Speaking at a Book Group

Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

  Jonathan Taylor is an author, lecturer, editor and critic. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015), and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007), and the short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman, 2013 and 2014). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Loughborough with his wife, … Continue reading Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work

I have a pair of shoes that are so comfortable I hardly feel I'm wearing them. But they are falling apart, to the point that they really need to be thrown out. This morning a new pair arrived at the door. I ordered online to save time shopping, and to spend more time this week … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work

First Drafts

The previous post about blogging received a record level of traffic and an unprecedented response, given this blog's short life span, so I'll come back to it and write more on the topic soon. It is clearly a subject that people feel strongly about and I had not realised the level of passion and dedication … Continue reading First Drafts