On Thursday December 8, I talked to a group of students who are members of the Creative Writing Course at Canterbury Christchurch University ~ discussing inspiration and how ‘Writing Comes Alive’ for me.

I’m sure no-one will be surprised that I spoke about all the works of art that inspired my Victorian novels, and then the Edwardian silent films that formed the dramatic backdrops for The Last Days of Leda Grey.


It was a really enjoyable night, and my special thanks must go to the organisers, and brilliant chairs, Danny Rhodes, and Professor Carolyn Oulton, and also to other staff members and much admired writing friends, Peggy Riley, and Katherine May. It was wonderful to chat with Craig who runs the university bookshop, and to meet with some of the audience including Sue Bassett, a long time virtual Twitter friend.

Canterbury looked magical, all the cobbled streets adorned with lights in readiness for Christmas. I look forward to visiting again.


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