Iceland: Land of Ice, Fire and Literature

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 in blog | No Comments

I in 10 Icelanders will publish a book My recent lecturing gig in Iceland brought some quirky statistics to my attention. One being that 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book at some point in their lives. This island nation with a population of 320,000, about the size of Croydon, has a land mass […]

Last Supper at Impisi

Posted on May 24, 2018 in blog | No Comments

Last week we celebrated our eighth and final writing retreat at Masseria Impisi, a fortified farmhouse, hard by the white stone city of Ostuni. Tearfully we raised glasses of Pugliese Primitivo and shared poems and writings inspired by our stay. With all the poignant farewells, we needed a laugh so as usual I read a less than edifying […]

Liberty Hall: a Night-off for your Brain. New Opportunities for Traditional Plays

Posted on Apr 12, 2018 in blog | No Comments

Chalk the Sun writers have enjoyed performance workshops from playwright/actor Robin Jennifer Miller so, when her new play Liberty Hall was staged in February at The Old Sorting Office Arts Centre in Barnes, we jumped at the chance of a theatre trip. A dozen of us pitched up for the last night of this comedy, anticipating top […]

Ardella Jones Wins The Virginia Prize for Fiction

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in blog | No Comments

‘Pleased and excited’: Ardella Jones with Joan Lecky receiving the good news at the Virginia Prize Award When Chalk co-founder Ardella Jones headed for Jamaica back in 1984 as an aspiring young music journalist she had no idea the trip would still have an impact on her life decades later.  As a result of her adventures in the dancehalls […]

Your first novel is published – but that’s just the beginning…

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in blog | No Comments

Last week former Chalk the Sun student Fliss Chester launched her firstnovel Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes in a Surrey barn suitably disguised as an alpine ski-lodge with twinkly lights and bobble-hatted waitresses serving boozy hot choc. I felt very proud of Fliss as she signed hundreds of crisp new paperbacks and gave a […]