What’s the difference between travel and a holiday? HONG KONG is out now

What’s the difference between travel and a holiday? I know, I've released a new book and sharing abstract question like that – bear with me, it will make sense. For me, it’s very simple: When you’re on holiday, you’re in a place that exists just for you to enjoy yourself. I’m thinking of luxurious holiday …

The road from reluctant writer to publishing my first novel

On December the 3rd 2017 I wrote this in my journal:  I’m excited to start writing something – but I have no clue where and how to actually start writing! I'm going to get some big bits of paper and do some planning so that I have a general direction, then pick bits I like …

Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Spy Stories – creative writing scheme of work

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Who's your favorite, Bond? Bourne? Or do you go new school with Alex Rider or Agent 21? This scheme of work contains them all. Designed to inspire students to write a section of their own spy story, it covers the typical characters, events, and setting of a classic spy story. It encourages students to consider their …