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  • The Big Draw - Haunted House Drawing Competition

    The Big Draw - Haunted House Drawing Competition

    30 September 2013

    **Thanks to everyone that entered, we have now selected our top three drawings which you can see and vote for by scrolling to the end of this post. Competition is now closed!**Have you heard about The Big Draw? If not, the Big Draw was created ......Read More

  • Jack Knight: Artist of the Month - October 2013

    Jack Knight: Artist of the Month - October 2013

    30 September 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.The artist of the month for October is Jack Knight, whose banner is inspired ......Read More

  • Pens and Pencils I Have Known

    Pens and Pencils I Have Known

    30 September 2013

    One of the biggest tragedies of my young life involved a wonderful red propelling pencil that I was given for my birthday. I think I must have been nine. I can still feel the tremendous thrill of handling it and writing with it. It had ......Read More

  • Learning to Write Part 2: Supporting Your Left-Handed Child

    Learning to Write Part 2: Supporting Your Left-Handed Child

    2 September 2013

    Children develop hand dominance at around 3 to 5 years (but sometimes later). Hand dominance simply means that one hand becomes more active in leading activities such as writing or using scissors. It can also be indicated by asking your child to pick up a ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen

    Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen

    2 September 2013

    We've come a long way in a short time at Cult Pens and August brought yet another milestone — the first Cult Pens pen. Introducing the Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen - a simple compact metal fountain pen designed for portability and all-round usefulness. At ......Read More

  • Stabilo - Stripe Up Your Life Giveaway

    Stabilo - Stripe Up Your Life Giveaway

    29 August 2013

    Who doesn't love the orange and white stripes that make up Stabilo's range of Stripe Up Your Life products? We certainly do and so does the rest of Europe it seems, as the point88 is the best-selling fineliner around! Get your hands on some cool ......Read More

  • Miss Wah: Artist of the Month - September 2013

    Miss Wah: Artist of the Month - September 2013

    22 August 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.The artist of the month for September was Miss Wah. Her banner is inspired ......Read More

  • Learning to Write Part 1: The Skill of Handwriting

    Learning to Write Part 1: The Skill of Handwriting

    5 August 2013

    Writing is a vital and valuable skill which we use on a daily basis. For children, it’s a skill they have to learn and develop gradually.What does it take for a child to learn the skill of handwriting?There are two types of motor skills that ......Read More

  • Tim Siddall: Artist of the Month - August 2013

    Tim Siddall: Artist of the Month - August 2013

    31 July 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

  • Staedtler WOPEX - Pencil Sharpening Therapy

    Staedtler WOPEX - Pencil Sharpening Therapy

    31 July 2013

    Sharpening a pencil can be a meditative process. It temporarily takes you away from your task to spend a few moments in a simple, largely mindless process so that you can return with newly-sharpened vigour. Or at least with a sharp pencil.The problem with sharpening ......Read More

  • Pen and Pencil Quotes

    Pen and Pencil Quotes

    19 July 2013

    Throughout history there have been many great quotes uttered, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” by Albert Einstein for example, is one, but what of the great pen and pencil quotes?Over the past week, we ......Read More

  • The Fisher Space Pen: Myths and Magic

    The Fisher Space Pen: Myths and Magic

    1 July 2013

    In the 1960s, when the Soviet Union and the United States were involved in the space race, one problem they faced was how astronauts could write in the vacuum of space. Many people have had the frustrating experience of trying to write with a biro ......Read More

  • Lorraine Tolmie: Artist of the Month - July 2013

    Lorraine Tolmie: Artist of the Month - July 2013

    30 June 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

  • Some Final Writing Thoughts

    Some Final Writing Thoughts

    28 June 2013

    Until the next one …It's been three months now since I started writing this little diary blog with Cult Pens.I have to admit, it's been good fun having a chance to share a little about the work of an author - especially the pleasure of ......Read More

  • Libraries and Public Lending Right

    Libraries and Public Lending Right

    21 June 2013

    I had the “fun” this week of getting back to administration.People think it’s a delightful job, being an author. Well, yes it is. How many jobs can you think of where you get paid to daydream? But it does have the unfortunate difficulty that there ......Read More

  • Signing - and not Signing

    Signing - and not Signing

    14 June 2013

    This has been an enormously busy week. Launch weeks tend to be pretty loopy, but this one, with four books launched simultaneously and then a weekend away, has been more mad than usual.Last week I said I’d enjoyed the running around from Exeter to Plymouth ......Read More

  • Diary of a Writer - Competiton Winner

    Diary of a Writer - Competiton Winner

    11 June 2013

    Before anything else, I must just say that I am enormously grateful to all of you for the entries to this little competition.I hadn’t expected quite so many names to be thrown at me - usually a competition of this type generates about twenty to ......Read More

  • 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

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