An ever-expanding list of organisations, people and places that I have found - and continue to find - useful and inspirational.

Literary Organisations:

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 'The largest public celebration of the written word in the world.' Also the best, in my biased opinion (I worked two happy summers there, once upon a time).

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature: 'Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO City of Literature... This permanent, non competitive title bestows international recognition on Edinburgh and Scotland as a world centre for literature and literary activity.'

Goodreads: Social network for readers.

Most Influential Books: Website of the Geneva International Book Club, and global project 'intended to serve as an international platform to find the most influential books of human history (past and contemporary).'

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Fantastic challenge held every November, in which scribblers must produce a novel in just thirty days (the emphasis is on quantity rather than quality). Really useful for nervous/procrastinating/competitive writers.

New Writing North: Organisation focused on developing 'reading and writing activity in the North of England.'

Scottish Book Trust: 'Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing.' A superb resource for writers.

World Weaver Press: Independently owned and operated publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction.

Journals and Magazines:

Bookanista: 'Literary site packed with interviews, short stories & features.' Emphasis on new writing from both fledgling and established authors.

Fairy Tale Review: 'An annual literary journal dedicated to publishing new fairy-tale fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.'

Mslexia: Quarterly magazine 'for women who write.'

Vintage Script: 'The writing magazine for all things vintage, historical and retro.'


The Bridport Prize: The UK's biggest prize for short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

Creative Friends:

Joely Badger: The Blogging Badger
Writer, filmmaker, artist and ideas machine. My creative collaborator, muse and partner in crime (literary and otherwise).

Helen Patuck: Opening Lines
Writer and poet, fellow ghostie, and possessor of an open heart. Read her Arvon Short Story Competition 2012 shortlisted entry, Woman Much Missed, here.

Elodie Olson-Coons: The Flood Flowers
Writer and poet, fellow ghostie and appreciator of Buffy. Read her poem, Os, oris at Literateur here.

Writing Cafés:

Boreal Coffee Shop, Geneva, Switzerland
Boston Tea Party, Exeter, UK
The Moat, Melbourne, Australia