novelist, professional ghost writer

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Alice's Blog

No Dragons

As a new library was opening, I was invited, along with other writers, to sell paperbacks on the author’s table. Having been invited to come as my “favourite literary character” I faced reality…

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How to be a Classical Music Agony Aunt

I was recently asked, in my online classical music agony aunt column, how I had attained such a lofty position, and whether I was born an agony aunt, or had been obliged to train myself in the rigorous discipline of

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Social Media, Deaf Badgers and the Musician

Social and media are two words capable of striking terror into many artists — musicians in particular. Everybody knows that we’re meant to promote ourselves — and our concerts — and our every group, especially our chamber groups or solos.

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Being an editor

Just as almost every person who ever swiped an ‘A’ out of an English teacher believes that they have a novel in them, almost every person who’s ever tutted at ‘Avocado’s and Onion’s cheap today!’ secretly believes that they would

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Classical music terms unravelled (or unRavel-ed)

The terminology preferred by classical musicians is, on the whole, pretty blackly humorous. To classical music fans this may come as a surprise, as classical music’s image has never married with its reality. To the general public, orchestral players appear

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