Stay a while to share my thoughts on writing and life.


Greetings from Toronto, where the North-American efficiency mixed with the laid-back Canadian attitude is making me feel very much at home. Summer seems to slow things down everywhere, which is absolutely fine with me. I have… READ MORE


The longest day of the year is just around the corner. Can this really mean that summer is here and we are slowly heading towards shorter days and longer nights? But there is so much to… READ MORE


The summer is nearly here, and with it many outdoor temptations. It is much harder to sit and write when the sun is shining and the days are long and promising… so here is your chance… READ MORE


…is a great month for European literature, with both the London Book Fair (April 11-13th) and the Geneva Book Fair (April 29th to May 3rd) happening within less than three weeks of each other. Visiting a… READ MORE

Spring is in the air…

Cliched but true – it is nearly here. It has started well for me with one of my short stories longlisted for the Fish Prize. Hurray! It probably will not get much further than that as… READ MORE

So how did we get to February?

I am totally baffled, as it seems that just last week we were all sick with the-end-of-the-year fever. But February is a nice month, full of promise of spring and hope for a good year in… READ MORE

Happy New Year!

2011 is here, and after a short trip to Israel and Palestine I am ready for it, My new year started with a generous award from the Society of Authors in the UK – the John… READ MORE

So we’ve been through the autumn months, and the novel writing month, and now it seems that we’ll be having a snow-filled month. Lovely. Why not put another log in the fire, stock up on hot… READ MORE

It is NaNoWriMo month!

What’s that? During the month of November, thousands of writers around the world struggle together to complete a first draft of a novel in thirty days. It is called National Novel Writing Month, or in short… READ MORE

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

Every August there is something magical happening in deepest, darkest Derbyshire. It is called the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, or, for those in the know – simply Swanwick. Just got back from a wonderful week full… READ MORE