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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Spring

by Eithne Cullen "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming”  Pablo Neruda   Tuesday’s page is all about finding inspiration in words and thoughts and mindfulness. This weeks’ Write On! Extra theme is  From Head in the Clouds to Feet on the Ground, so to kick-start this very first Thoughtful Tuesday, I am using the reality of Spring and the new life ...

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 30 March 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus Statement Updated 30 March 2020 Pen to Print is monitoring the latest guidance and will update you as soon as possible should the advice change. Currently we are not planning to hold any face to face events and classes. We are moving all our activity online for the foreseeable future. Our physical ...

Monday Memoirs: A Post-War London Childhood

Introduced by Holly King We kick off our first Write On! Extra ‘Monday Memoirs’ with a piece by Josephine Gee, reminiscing on her post-war Childhood in London and centring around the theme of food. Topical, considering today people are panic-buying and adjusting to not having access to the variety of food types we are used to; Josephine details the far more constraining and laborious tasks involved in buying and preparing ...

As a… Writer: Manjeet Mann

This week Pen to Print alumnus Juneha Chowdhury interviews Manjeet Mann, a WriteNow alumni, actress, playwright, screenwriting and novelist. Launched in 2016, WriteNow was the brainchild of Penguin’s Head of Creative Responsibility, Siena Parker. The competition offers a handful of finalists the chance to work with a professional editor over twelve months to shape ...

Introducing Write On! Extra – daily posts for unprecedented times

by Madeleine White (Twitter/Instagram @madeleinefwhite) Hello, I'm Madeleine and I'm the editor of Write On! magazine, a quarterly magazine published by Pen to Print. When we introduced Write On! nearly a year ago we did so based on the following ideas and ideals: “Publishing lies at an intersection of entertainment, information and ...
Eithne Cullen coronavirus write on! showcase poem poetry

Corona

by Eithne Cullen   The tea hut’s closed no rowing boats for hire the Alfred Hitchcock’s shutters down; people walk despite the cold and mud and warnings to stay home and stay apart.   A little girl flies a kite laughing and free, a game of catch keeps women metres apart. Two guys walk past with bottles in their hands and swig Corona, trendy brand. Gorse glares blindingly, swans ...

As a… Writer: Farzana Hakim

This week’s ‘As a…’ interview is all about Pen to Print alumnus Farzana Hakim.   Farzana fast captured the hearts of her readers with her debut, Sweethearts of Ilford Lane. Branded an 'authentic writer' with an exciting new voice, Farzana set out to write a contemporary romance her readers could relate to. She ...

A Seaside Journey

by Carol Edwards Having published a number of  books about specific places around my local area at Southend on Sea, I came to what I knew was going to be my last publication in the series. I spent a great deal of my time when young, visiting the Golden Mile, clutching my pennies to play the ...
Philip Shamplina write on! showcase poem poetry

From Waiting Room to Departure Lounge

by Philip Shamplina   In the beginning, from your birth You’ll never know, in the future, what you’ll be worth Hatch, match and dispatch For some, for a living, they have to scratch Living on the wrong side of the tracks With no-one to watch their backs   For some it will be a battle And many cages they’ll have ...

As a… Photographer: Jimmy Lee

This week we interview photographer, and Write On! Friend, Jimmy Lee.   (c) Korey Hussein Jimmy is a photographer based in East London where he has lived all his life.   His journey into photography was not through University, College or expensive classes but through misfortune, fate, hard graft and, of course, a touch ...