I was walking with my kids on the beach when my father-in-law leaned over the balcony to shout, "Your agent's on the phone! He has a book deal!" Was that my lucky break as a novelist? Not exactly. Remember
As the winner of the TS Eliot Prize is announced, Ivan Hewett revisits the poet's definition of great poetry The award of the TS Eliot Prize, the most coveted prize in poetry, is almost upon us. One imagines
A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable.
Back before email, there were days when I would get several rejections from magazines in one day, which meant big fat manilla envelopes in my mailbox. If I happened to be there when the mailman was filling