Moving home

A year ago today ‘The Beast from The East’ had blown through and we were able to move home from Ireland to England – and traumatic it was too. This weekend I’ve been moving my web site from one host to another. It was also traumatic but the nice people at FastComet did everything they […]

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New web site

If you’ve visited my web site at charliegarratt.com recently you’ll have seen an apology. I decided the site needed a bit of an upgrade so embarked on an exercise, using WordPress, which resulted in a complete redesign. It became one of those ‘if I knew then what I know now’ times, that is, mainly because […]

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The pen is mightier

Almost nine years’ ago my wife bought me a pen for my birthday from┬áBrendan Bannon’s small shop in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The body of the pen is bog-oak, estimated by Brendan as being between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, which means it fell to the ground to begin its preservation when the pyramids were being […]

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Why did she say that?

How often in creative writing workshops have you heard that it is important to make your characters come alive? Like most authors I’ve struggled with that over the years but let me tell you, when it happens it’s both exhilarating and problematic. I’ve plotted every scene of my current novel in sufficient detail for me […]

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