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The Boy Who Fell to Earth

The Boy Who Fell to Earth – a romantic comedy with a pinch of social satire and a soupcon of heartbreak

Posted on April 11, 2013 · Posted in Aspergers, Books, Family, Writing

The paperback of my latest novel The Boy Who Fell to Earth is out today and I’ve been thinking a lot about the best way to describe it. It’s basically.. read more

Musings on International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8, 2013 · Posted in Feminism, Passion, Politics, Women

It’s fitting to be in Adelaide on International Women’s Day, as South Australia was the first place in the world to give women the vote. And yet, 128 years later,.. read more

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Mummy Porn

Posted on December 11, 2012 · Posted in Home, Marriage, Sex, Women

For most married couples, being ‘creative in bed’ simply means taking up knitting whilst watching Lateline. There comes a time in every marriage when a slow drip sexual ennui sets.. read more

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The serious side of comedy writing

Posted on October 10, 2012 · Posted in Writing, writing tips

Photograph: Antonio Zazueta Olmos for the Observer For aspiring comic authors, there are many technical terms you first need to master. For example, did you know that ‘brontosaurus’ is an.. read more

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Puberty Blues and the temptations and traps of adaptation

Posted on August 16, 2012 · Posted in Film, screenwriting, Writing

Asking a novelist if they like the film adaptation of their novel is a little like asking a turkey if it likes Christmas. There have been so many bad adaptations.. read more

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International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8, 2012 · Posted in Charity, Politics, Women

On 8th March 2012, as part of International Women’s Day, I took part in the “Join me on the Bridge” campaign in London. Women and men gathered on bridges all.. read more

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Writing for The Simpsons… and hiding Julian Assange in the attic

Posted on March 4, 2012 · Posted in Home, screenwriting, Writing

The most quirky writing task I’ve had of late, was penning some dialogue for The Simpsons 500th episode. In typical delightfully subversive style, The Simpsons creators decided to include a.. read more

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My Family and other aliens

Posted on March 1, 2012 · Posted in Aspergers, Family

Aspergers. If onions make you cry, are there vegetables that make you happy? Is a harp just a nude piano? Is a vacuum cleaner a broom with a stomach? Is.. read more

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Don’t let women be runners up in the human race

Posted on September 21, 2009 · Posted in Charity, Passion, Politics, Women

In the West, women still don’t have equal pay. We’re getting about 75 pence in the pound, or 75 cents in the dollar. Plus we’re getting concussion hitting our heads.. read more

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Parting is such suite sorrow

Posted on September 12, 2007 · Posted in Writer-in-residence, Writing

The only truly lucrative form of writing  are ransom notes. Being a writer means flying by the seat of one’s pants so often you should be given frequent flier pant.. read more