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  • Signings, Marketing and Morris!

    Signings, Marketing and Morris!

    10 June 2013

    First, let me apologise. This is late on a Thursday night after signing a lot of books, and I am, in short, exhausted.We - that is Richard, the excellent Simon & Schuster sales manager and me - set off this morning before nine o'clock and ......Read More

  • The Pentel Sign Pen Turns 50!

    The Pentel Sign Pen Turns 50!

    3 June 2013

    It's time to light the candles and bring out the cake, as 2013 is a very big year for the Pentel Sign Pen - it's turned 50! Anyone want to start singing Happy Birthday?The Sign Pen is the ORIGINAL fibre-tipped pen and a revolution in ......Read More

  • The Process of Publishing a Book

    The Process of Publishing a Book

    31 May 2013

    There are times in the life of every author when they begin to feel they're going stir crazy.It's usually at this time of year, and it's normally when the weather is looking unbearably good out, while the poor scribbler sits indoors and shivers in the ......Read More

  • Betty Black: Artist of the Month - June 2013

    Betty Black: Artist of the Month - June 2013

    30 May 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Morris, Mayhem and Marketing

    Morris, Mayhem and Marketing

    24 May 2013

    This week has been rather lovely!It all kicked off with a wonderful Saturday, the first day in ages that has been warm and summery. And thank goodness for that, because I, and the rest of Tinner’s Morris, were dancing out with Winkleigh Morris.Morris more or ......Read More

  • The Wonders of Old Technology

    The Wonders of Old Technology

    22 May 2013

    Many years ago now, back in the early 1990s, I was sitting in the New Cavendish Club in London, enjoying drinks with some Crime Writers’ Association colleagues, when a loud voice could be heard. It was the larger-than-life author Laurence Block, a proud New Yorker, ......Read More

  • Keeping it Simple

    Keeping it Simple

    10 May 2013

    For a writer, to sit indoors and stare out when the weather is fine is a form of torture. The urge to nip out and get on with the gardening, or just to take the dog for a walk, is almost overwhelming when confronted by ......Read More

  • Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    9 May 2013

    Much sought after and admired, the Capless fountain pen by Pilot is the perfect combination of luxury and technology. We're delighted to announce that we've teamed up with Pilot Pens UK to give you the chance to win one of these pens for yourself! Before ......Read More

  • It's not all Champagne and Caviare

    It's not all Champagne and Caviare

    3 May 2013

    On Sunday, I finally finished the last proofs of the three books to be published in July. That was a relief. Two weeks to work on three novels is not a lot of time, but luckily, because the books were all published already, the number ......Read More

  • Simon Jardine: Artist of the Month - May 2013

    Simon Jardine: Artist of the Month - May 2013

    30 April 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • A Week Without Coffee

    A Week Without Coffee

    26 April 2013

    There are some weeks when the words flow and hum. At such times, it seems as though all an author has to do is sit at his desk and the words wash through him like a river. This week hasn't been one of them.It's a ......Read More

  • The Writing Process

    The Writing Process

    22 April 2013

    Ask one hundred authors what the best part of their job is, and you'll probably get about a hundred different answers. No author out and out hates writing, no matter what they say - or I hope they don't. What a miserable thought: having to ......Read More

  • How an Author Writes

    How an Author Writes

    19 April 2013

    Authors are often asked how they get ideas.There seem to be two supposed ‘facts’ about writing which are absolutely set in stone in the minds of the public: that all authors are multi-millionaires, and that it’s an easy job with a magical formula that changes ......Read More

  • Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    19 April 2013

    This week has been a busy one. Over the weekend I had to drive 400 miles to Scarborough for their literary festival. Medieval Murderers - that is, my friends Susanna Gregory and Karen Maitland - and I were the very last gig of the festival ......Read More

  • The Diary of a Writer

    The Diary of a Writer

    15 April 2013

    It was many years ago that I first began to appreciate better quality writing tools - long before I became a full-time novelist, in fact. However, I still have a delight in using real pens and pencils, smooth paper and a variety of inks. Six years ......Read More

  • National Stationery Week

    National Stationery Week

    10 April 2013

    Did you know that April is host to National Stationery Week here in the UK? National Stationery Week or NSW for short, aims to get people not just talk about writing, but encourage more and more of us to put pen to paper more often. ......Read More

  • Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    10 April 2013

    When it comes to choosing a new ink for your fountain pen, the name that nearly always comes to mind, is Diamine. But what is the history of Diamine, when was it established and just how many ink colours have they developed? We took the ......Read More

  • Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    30 March 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    26 March 2013

    Easter is almost upon us and the restraint we've all shown by not breaking into our Easter eggs will soon be replaced with the sweet taste of chocolate and the remains of the once pristine wrapping lying on the floor. Or at least, that's how ......Read More

  • Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    26 March 2013

    Thanks to you, we've just passed the 10,000th review mark on Trustpilot and we are over the moon with both the quantity and the quality of the feedback we get! Here it is, the review that took us to 10,000:FANTASTIC CHOICE AND REALLY QUICK TURNAROUND ......Read More

  • Writing in the cold!

    Writing in the cold!

    7 March 2013

    In case you missed it, February was very cold and wet here in the UK and so far the start of March has not been much of an improvement! Spring, however, is not far away and we should all start to thaw out pretty soon, ......Read More

  • Johanna Basford: Artist of the Month - March 2013

    Johanna Basford: Artist of the Month - March 2013

    28 February 2013

    Every month we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • The Pen Type-A

    The Pen Type-A

    28 February 2013

    The Hi-Tec-COur story starts with a relatively little-known, but much-loved, pen from Pilot. Here in the UK, we know it as the G-Tec-C4, while in some parts of the world, it's found in the form of the Hi-Tec-C. In Japan, there are many tip sizes ......Read More

  • Getting Started with a Fountain Pen

    Getting Started with a Fountain Pen

    20 February 2013

    This article is aimed at anyone who has just got their first fountain pen and could use a little advice on getting started. If you don't have one yet, why not browse through our huge range fountain pens? Cartridge or Converter? Some pens come with a ......Read More

  • Pens & Pencils Trivia

    Pens & Pencils Trivia

    13 February 2013

    When we think about it, most of us will have a favourite type of pen or pencil that we always go back to or can't write without. But how much do we actually know about the writing instruments we use or how they originated? With ......Read More

  • Visconti: Passion - Art - Technology

    Visconti: Passion - Art - Technology

    5 February 2013

    Florence 1987: Fine writing instruments from Parker, Mont Blanc and the rest are boring, bland and lacking innovation. Dante del Vecchio, a student of political science and a pen enthusiast, frustrated by not being able to buy a pen that suited his taste, decided to ......Read More

  • Pilot V5/V7 Cartridge System Experiments

    Pilot V5/V7 Cartridge System Experiments

    30 January 2013

    Update 3: See the bottom of the post for our conclusion on using these pens with Platinum's permanent Carbon Black ink.Here at Cult Pens, we're a bunch of pen geeks, but you probably guessed that. We'd be in the wrong job if we weren't. When ......Read More

  • Introducing Pilot's V5 & V7 Cartridge System

    Introducing Pilot's V5 & V7 Cartridge System

    28 January 2013

    As you know, we are big fans of Pilot's V5/V7 original needle point rollerball, so you can imagine our excitement when the new Cartridge System offering arrived in our offices the other day. More on this in a moment but first a very brief overview ......Read More

  • Pilot Iroshizuku Ink

    Pilot Iroshizuku Ink

    28 September 2012

    Pilot's luxury fountain pen inks, inspired by Japanese nature. ......Read More

  • Watches, Cars, Pens

    Watches, Cars, Pens

    10 August 2012

    I've always been a bit of a fountain pen lover — although admittedly I’m not quite as lost to the bug as my friend Scott, who must now be up to a dozen fountain pens of various makes, shapes and sizes.Ever since I came second ......Read More

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