Keeping calm and writing on

2020 has not been the year anyone was expecting.

From weddings to work goals, so much has been put on hold with no clear end point, no date in the diary when we can all come together to celebrate, graduate, commiserate, and obliterate our brain cells with a much-needed pint.

As a sole trader, hiking happily through … Continue Reading

Writing wrongs #8: to affect or effect? That is the question

It’s late. You’ve been at work for hours, and that M&S pizza and large glass of red are calling you home. But you have to send one last email to your boss/a client/the love interest you’re trying to impress with your grasp of grammar before you leg it out the door. You’re typing away like … Continue Reading

Herman in residence

Krakow, Poland was my home for the whole of October. This was the view from my room at Villa Decius, where I was undertaking a writer’s residency as part of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme…

I divided my time between working, creating and coffee-drinking. I also got some dog-walking in … Continue Reading

Bowing down to the Bauhaus

In October I worked on this exciting new magazine – Bauhaus Now – celebrating 100 years of the Bauhaus movement. The first issue was released on 15 November 2017. It’s beautiful and brainy, and filled with interesting articles, artworks and stunning photography of some of the Bauhaus’s most inspired works of art, function and architecture.

This … Continue Reading

Does anything eat books?

I’m not one for needlessly celebrating every milestone or anniversary, but please humour me for a moment. September 2007 saw the release of the first book authored by yours truly. In the ten years since, I have written hundreds of thousands of words, for over twenty non-fiction titles. I’ve written about Facebook, LEGO, The Archers, … Continue Reading

Writing wrongs #7: how’s your colon? Part 2

In part 1, I put semicolons in their place (and got a bit excited about cheese). In part 2, I’m taking a look at their closest relation: the colon.

It’s easy to confuse the two ­– they sure do look alike – but how they’re used is quite different. I think of a colon as an … Continue Reading

Hey big spenders

Recently, I’ve been putting out editorial flames all over the place, and as a result I’ve neglected my jotter. Never fear! A recent trip to Leeds, which included rain, delicious falafel and a couple of delayed trains, provided a few brilliant #shouldhavehiredaproofreader spots from some big-spending brands. Shame they didn’t have money in the budget … Continue Reading

Poland calling!

Yay! Exciting news! I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected for a literature residency programme in Krakow, Poland. I will be spending October 2017 living and working in this amazing city and attending the Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival. The programme is for young (yeah, still got it!) and emerging writers from other … Continue Reading