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2016

September

09092016 – How to change the world: what can one person do?
06092016 – Don't look down
04092016 – A little book of St Petersburg

August

22082016 – How can a plate change the way you talk?

July

29072016 – Take off the mask

June

28062016 – "I thought, this is my dream job"
24062016 – The European School
17062016 – "I don't need to put on a performance"
12062016 – Changing communities together
08062016 – The EU is a kind of creative collaboration

May

24052016 – Parental approval
24052016 – It's easy, in 2016, to conclude that nobody wants to pay authors
23052016 – "The conversation brought him back to life"
17052016 – Signed copies sent out at last
12052016 – How to be free
11052016 – Signed editions for subscribers
01052016 – How 25 readers transformed my manuscript

April

28042016 – The point of it all
28042016 – What a virtual book launch party looks like
28042016 – Micro-masterclass: historical fiction
28042016 – "It was scary... and lovely"
28042016 – Meet my publishers. All of them
28042016 – Finished. Made it. It's done
28042016 – What a world! Oh, happy day! And things like that
26042016 – Online, virtual book launch party
14042016 – You are invited...
14042016 – Thinking with your hands
14042016 – What other people think of you

March

17032016 – On being inspired by a school teacher

February

24022016 – What does failure look like?
17022016 – Creativity is freedom

January

17012016 – Queen Anne, the mug

2015

November

26112015 – Sharing conversations

October

27102015 – Documentary: The Rejection Game
23102015 – A life more noble
09102015 – Real reader reviews
07102015 – Michel Thomas told me: eliminate anxiety

August

28082015 – Looking for brilliant book reviewers
07082015 – Warning! Handjob
07082015 – Driving clothes
02082015 – Visible mending - latest
01082015 – Who are your people?

July

11072015 – Great start to the day
08072015 – "So impressed with the clever campaign"
06072015 – Dear Emma...
04072015 – Authors don't need publishers. Publishers need authors

June

26062015 – Last 10,000 words in one weekend
26062015 – Hand-stitched activism
23062015 – How to write without writing
20062015 – Before and After
11062015 – Eek! After 15 years, I have my publishing schedule
08062015 – How to say 'No, thank you'?
07062015 – On getting words wrong

May

27052015 – Interviewing myself - as the meanest possible journalist
27052015 – Handmade handouts
27052015 – What materials do you need?
22052015 – When your inner critic becomes your outer critic
19052015 – How to print a book (while you're still writing it)
10052015 – What to do with used scraps of paper?
03052015 – What can possibly be the upside?

April

28042015 – Living between To Do and Done
24042015 – Thank you, Peggy
21042015 – If you feel lucky to have been an author at all...

March

30032015 – How to collaborate - a map
27032015 – Is this the definition of a good life?
26032015 – Our so-called Masterclass: what happened?
26032015 – How to collaborate?
25032015 – Being straightforward - or not
15032015 – How to stop blocking yourself
10032015 – What if nobody joins in?
01032015 – Why make your own books?

February

28022015 – Talking about people as if they weren't there
25022015 – "You're not like us"
21022015 – What matters most: you or the thing you represent?
16022015 – What could you gain from collaboration?
10022015 – What do other people think of you?
05022015 – "An age of unparalleled irreverence and wit"
05022015 – Irony is seen as difficult
05022015 – Why should anyone give a toss about 18th century literature?
05022015 – Why was 1714 such a turning point?
03022015 – The woman who left her husband because of me
02022015 – How much do you earn? (and other tricky questions)
01022015 – How to discuss something complex?

January

30012015 – Advice to would-be coaches
29012015 – Falling into angry victim mode
28012015 – My email policy
27012015 – Email amnesty
23012015 – Make a decision. Even the wrong one
22012015 – Why apologise, if they won't?
21012015 – In the bubble of poor me
17012015 – My 10 favourite historical novels
17012015 – How can a male writer understand?
13012015 – The Secret Sentences game
09012015 – Did anybody ask for your opinion?
01012015 – Start here
01012015 – Courses
01012015 – About speak/listen

2014

December

29122014 – My 2014 successes and failures
10122014 – A secret page

November

28112014 – Mapologists
27112014 – Hot stuff
26112014 – Everything is feedback
20112014 – Ask for help, and you might get it
18112014 – On having a bit of a wobble
12112014 – Date with destiny, indeed
11112014 – Falling on my face
02112014 – Library of dreams

October

04102014 – Dear Art Teacher...
03102014 – The School of Courage

August

01082014 – Hurrah - I failed!

July

21072014 – Blessed by a jackdaw

June

28062014 – Meal time
28062014 – "He started talking about things I'd never heard before..."
19062014 – On taking risks
15062014 – How to silence your inner critic
15062014 – What if everybody was interesting and attractive?
14062014 – What's your favourite heirloom?
11062014 – 10 reasons to read about Queen Anne
10062014 – Life coach to the queen - LIVE!
04062014 – On reinventing oneself

March

15032014 – Teaching impro in prison
03032014 – The maker's mark

February

06022014 – Don't forget to celebrate
03022014 – Book-making is craftivism too

2013

October

28102013 – Ten years on, an idea starts to become real

April

04042013 – Conversations that change everything

February

09022013 – Smashing? Or protecting? What to do?

January

02012013 – Me, Socrates, and a young man called Dean

2012

December

18122012 – Creativity, Mind Maps and Me

October

02102012 – Audience as Artist

September

20092012 – Anyone can have a go

July

11072012 – A tiny book of big ideas

June

01062012 – What is craftivism?

May

07052012 – Satisfied customers (eventually)
06052012 – Er, I don't only make clothes
06052012 – I hope she isn't reading this
04052012 – Sew Your Own: the pop-up book
04052012 – Why hand-made matters

April

06042012 – No good being a campaigner if you're not a good neighbour
06042012 – Be the change

2010

February

09022010 – Manifesto