• In October last year, 26 awarded its first ever Emerging Writer Award. Three months on, we caught up with winner Bert Preece to hear about his writing journey so far, his Segway-filled day job, and why we should […]

  • What does it take to craft a pacey psychological thriller? As a finalist in the People’s Prize for Fiction and the Beryl Bainbridge first novel award, Susan Lynes knows a thing or two on the subject. This month, E […]

  • Beating the January blues with theatre

    Weekend matinees are my new discovery to beat January blues. I saw Mary Stuart at the Almeida with the marvelous Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams (Wallis Simpson i […]

  • New year, fresh start, blank pages to fill – where to begin? Our members share their writing resolutions for the coming year – big and small.





    Blogging – bigger and better

    My writing r […]

  • We’re doing an Advent Calendar of diabolical mixtures over at Sidekick Books, including Twitterbots splicing unlikely poetry bedfellows, play-poems and collages. Highlights include a bot imagining Gertrude Stein […]

  • Our latest project, 26 Writers in Residence, is settling in nicely. Everyone has been given a different letter from the alphabet and is and mull over where they want to write about. It has to be a real place: […]

  • The Well-Fed Writer

    I’ve been freelance for two and half years now, growing my business steadily. But, spurred on by the recent birth of my first child, I’ve decided to up the marketing ante. I’m reading The […]

  • Are you an avid tweeter? A fan of Facebook? A leader on LinkedIn? We’re looking for more social media superstars to join the fabulous team of volunteers who look after all things social media for 26.

    It’s not […]

  • A couple of months ago, Dark Angels offered the younger contingent of 26 the chance to win a scholarship place on the celebrated creative writing in business course. Jamie Delves was the 26er under 30-years-old, […]

  • A text book that reads Like a novel

    I’m still working my way through – it’s a big book, a text book, but I wish I’d had text books like this when I was at school!  The Making of The British Landscpe: From T […]

  • Michelle Cahill, a Goan-Anglo-Indian writer who lives in Sydney, talks to Elena Bowes about her first collection of short stories, Letter to Pessoa.


    Describe what you do in 26 words

    I seem to be […]

  • A warm welcome to new members Tom Cross, Samuel Palin, Kathryn Papworth-Smith, Graham Smith, Alan Dein, Nick Parker, Matthew Collins, Sarah Gillett, Andy Milligan, Vesna Goldsworthy, and Annaleigh Marshall.

    We […]

  • Roshni Goyate recently co-founded The Other Box to increase diversity in the creative industry. Read why, and how she intends to make it happen.

    I recently came across a piece of creative writing I had done for […]

  • Packed up my life into a van and hot footed it to Southern Spain to set up Riverheart Retreats, in a jungle garden by a river on the outskirts of a town surrounded by mountains. A ludicrous adventure that will […]

  • My second novel, The Day She Can’t Forget, has just been published – by Canelo, available from all good e-book shops including Amazon. Part-inspired by a Dark Angels at Moniack Mhor almost 10 years ago.

    Meg Carter

  • Spending six days in Bolling Hall, Bradford retelling its Civil War ghost story with nearly 300 year sevens may not be everyone’s idea of fun. But the buzz of them participating in costume and understanding that […]

  • My book The Print Museum recently won the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. Plus the Book by the Cover Award. Especially in a region so rich with fantastic writers, and many excellent books out this year, […]

  • Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

    A big show with big canvases – Rothko, Jackson Pollock, De Kooning. Amazing work that represented a huge shift in our way of looking at the world.

    John […]

  • Describe your latest book How to Write Like Tolstoy, a Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers in 26 words.

    (From the US Amazon website: 5.0 out of 5 stars)

    WORTH SIX STARS. A fascinating and i […]

  • Getting your message out to the world

    As a copywriter, you spend your working life marketing other people’s products and services. But how well are you selling yourself? Do you market yourself with oomph, s […]

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