It's with great joy, and also a bit of sadness, that I've finally finished the MA Writing in John Moores University. Letters were discovered on the student system for us on Monday 27th October 2015, and I was pleased to see that I'd managed a Master of Arts, with Merit. This made me happy, while … Continue reading The end of the MA
Around the start of the Masters (it may have been the first or second semester...) we were asked to do a pastiche of a famous writer. For mine I chose Charles Dickens, and the piece I was writing at the time (and currently re-writing) was Slip Jevans - Hero of the Union. The pastiche is … Continue reading A cockpit according to Charles Dickens
Evening all, just a quick post to say that I've put up the first three chapters and the prologue for the novel I wrote over the summer. A Game of Two Halves - The Torso and Legs is a comic fantasy tale about a local village team being catapulted into the ultra violent world of … Continue reading A Game of Two Halves – The Torso and Legs, comic fantasy from Rob Knipe
At the moment, I'm currently studying semester 3 on an MA Creative Writing course, something which I wish I'd done decades ago. Okay decade ago, decades I was still doing adequately on my GCSEs. While I gained all my GCSEs and two A-Levels (Geology and Biology at a D - rock nerd!) I single-handedly left … Continue reading My scribblings and the MA Creative Writing at LJMU
Planning a novel can often feel a little daunting, or, as I always used to feel, like a massive pain in the arse and a waste of time. When I wrote A Heist too far and The Good, the Mad and the Undead, I wrote them start to finish, with only a few small pages of … Continue reading Planning a novel
This year, from the 2nd to the 5th October 2014, a beautiful and peaceful village in Cumbria opened its doors to the world, for the first Caldbeck Festival. Organised by Ian P Loftus, the festival had so much on that I was a little disappointed I had to work and only got there in time … Continue reading The Caldbeck Festival 2014
This morning, after 29 pleasurable hours listening, I finished Charles Dickens' novel, Pickwick Papers on Audible. In the past I've tried reading Dickens, and found it hard going, it's not a style that I can read very well, and because of this, I've never managed more than a couple of chapters before moving on to … Continue reading Audible – reading books through your ears.