Deal Noir, Kent, March 25

Deal Noir, Kent, March 25

Delighted to say I’ll be heading off down the road in my native Kent on March 25 to take part in that fine festival Deal Noir. Hope to see a few of you there. If you don’t know Deal you should… one of the south east’s loveliest little seaside...
In search of Kopfkino: A few tips on how to write for audio

In search of Kopfkino: A few tips on how to write for audio

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel is the third project I’ve been involved with for Audible that was written specifically to be narrated or performed, not as a book. Lots of people ask about the differences between writing for the page and writing for the ear. There are...
Quick revision tip for Ulysses users

Quick revision tip for Ulysses users

I’m currently in revision mode for something new. Revising’s so important to me. It’s the last five per cent of polish that can add so much. Ulysses has a great trick up its sleeve to make the job incredibly efficient and powerful. It’s all...
Some of the real history behind Romeo and Juliet

Some of the real history behind Romeo and Juliet

Most of Romeo and Juliet is fiction. But not all. Since I set the story very firmly in 1499 I was able to introduce a few touches of real history too, fragments of Italy which resonate with the story and are still with us today. Here are a few examples. The rest I’ll...
Time and Place: Verona and 1499

Time and Place: Verona and 1499

Arthur Brooke, author of the poem which Shakespeare used as the basis of Romeo and Juliet, follows his original Italian sources in stating that the story really happened. He ends his verse with the claim that the tomb of Juliet and her knight still stood in Verona and...

Why do Romeo and Juliet fall in love?

Nothing unites a teenage couple like the universal feeling of being misunderstood. https://t.co/RR003qwNl0 pic.twitter.com/wQT3Gr1j3l — Audible (@audible_com) December 7, 2016 Here are Richard’s thoughts. I’m with him. We need reasons. In Shakespeare it...
Ulysses 2.7 is out with some useful new features

Ulysses 2.7 is out with some useful new features

An update to my favourite (as in I wrote every word of Romeo and Juliet: A Novel in it) writing app Ulysses just landed. There are some nice new touches, including the ability to have your sheets open as tabs on Sierra, above. And if you’ve got one of the fancy...