Join us as we celebrate the launch of 'Writing for Blockheads: An Amateur's Guide' by Paul Francis (Liberty Books, £5)
'No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.' (Dr Johnson)
Paul Francis doesn't agree. He argues that writing is rewarding in itself, whether or not the writer gets paid. In this new book, he provides a lively account of writing possibilities. He charts the changes, from typing with carbon paper to email, Facebook and ebooks. Drawing on experience of courses, workshops and writing groups, and the advice of professional authors, he offers amateur writers suggestions on how they can improve their work.
Paul Francis has written ten books, and been published by Allen and Unwin, Edward Arnold and Cambridge University Press. He has self-published a novel, an autobiography and twelve poetry pamphlets. He has won two national poetry competitions, the DAW One Act Play competition, and was one of three prizewinners in the Crystal Clear competition for radio plays. In 2014 he came second in the Poems on the Move competition (Guernsey) and in the Lichfield poetry competition, as well as being runner-up in the Wolverhampton Love Slam.