Interview with Paula Warrington

In our interview series of the Timelines an anthology of short stories for children,

I am talking to Paula Warrington.

Warrington - head and shoulders
[©2013 to P. Warrington]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

When I came up to Manchester for the Children’s Book Festival in June 2012, I was very interested to hear Iris Feindt and Helen Sea’s account of Animal Stew, a short story collection that they had edited.  I was thrilled, later, to hear that a new collection of historical short fiction was being planned – and I was eager to contribute a story.

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Interview with Matt Killeen

Carrying on with the series of interview of Timelines* authors.

Today I am interviewing Matt Killeen.

Matt[ ©2013 to M. Killeen]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

            I’m a student at MMU doing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing for Young People…or is it children? I can never remember. I met Iris Feindt at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival where she was promoting Animal Stew, an anthology of short stories for children written by students at MMU Writing School. I thought the idea was excellent and when she proposed a second anthology, this time for young adults / older children, I jumped at the chance to be included. Continue reading

Interview with Kim Hutson

Here I start a series of interview of authors from the Timelines Anthology, a collection of historical short stories for children, I have asked them a series a five questions.


Today I am interviewing Kim Hutson.

kim[©2013 to K.Hutson]

Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

The opportunity arose through doing my masters course at MMU. Some of the tutors told us they were putting together an anthology of historical fiction stories for young adults and I thought that sounded great, so got involved as soon as possible! Initially I expressed my interest and then I went along to a workshop they held in the Special Collections department of the library where they house a fantastic collection of rare and historic children’s books. It was fascination to see the books and then we did a creative writing workshop based on some of the illustrations. It really got the ideas sparking. Continue reading

there will never be a time when there is more time

“There will never be a time when there is more time.”

This quote by Livi Michael was an eye opener to me.

Anyone who has ever tried to put pen to paper knows how easy it is to find excuses not to actually sit down and start.

Let me give you an idea. Here you are, all ready to start this wonderful story you have been thinking about for so long. the paper is on the table, the pen in your hand and suddenly you realise that the flowers need watering or they will die. If you happen to be sitting in the kitchen you cannot stand the sight of you dirty oven door. And I could go on and on. It is not that we do not want to get started, it is just that we let life get in the way. Continue reading