Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America.  So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

Music

Like sand and glue

A young Bob Dylan singing protest songs at a rally in the US.

A young Bob Dylan singing protest songs at a rally in the US.

A little while ago, Bob Dylan was award the Nobel Prize in Literature – the first songwriter ever to receive the award. I found this really interesting for two reasons…

Firstly that some people should question that a songwriter should be given an award for literature.

And secondly – why hasn’t it happened before?

Personally – I am a Dylan fan. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times. I love his early acoustic roots and songs like Blowing in the Wind – but I am also a fan of his electric side.

He really does know how to write a song! His music might not appeal to everyone. David Bowie got it pretty right when he wrote about ‘a strange young man called Dylan – with a voice like sand and glue.’

Dylan’s rough and scratchy voice might not appeal to the purists or to opera lovers. But sand and glue is exactly what his songs are….. Continue reading

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Creative Grass Roots

Scarlet Kite kicked of the evening with some original music.

Scarlet Kite kicked of the evening with some original music.

This week I spent a lovely evening as a guest of She Voices – a group of women writers based in Richmond, in London.

We gathered at the Tea Box for an evening of music and words with an added layer of cake, tea (and wine) and fellowship.

I was struck by how important evenings like this really are. Continue reading

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It’s a Livin’ Thing

A spectacular light show at the O2 Arena.

A spectacular light show at the O2 Arena.

I fought my way through the crowd at London’s O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) this week to see a music legend – Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

Wow – what a great gig it was. I was down on the floor and it really was like magic. (OK – no more ELO lyric puns).

The O2 is a huge venue – it seats 20,000 people. That means more than a few of them are a very long way from the stage. Not that it mattered too much… ELO put on a wonderful light show.

Which got me thinking about how the live music experience has changed since I first started seeing some of these acts back in the mists of time. Continue reading

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Metal moshing in pink

It's not the Royal Festival Hall - but without the small venues, there would be no music to fill the large ones.

It’s not the Royal Festival Hall – but without the small venues, there would be no music to fill the large ones.

I’ve just done something I have never done before – and probably never thought I would do… I have joined the mosh pit at a metal gig.

Ok – let set a few things straight. Regular readers of the blog will know I am a big fan of live music – and it’s a rare month that passes without some live music somewhere on my schedule.

It’s usually folk. Or blues or pop. Maybe some good old fashioned rock and roll. But heavy metal? Not likely. Not this romantic novelist!

That’s not to say I am totally without ‘form’ in the world of heavy metal gigs. Continue reading

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