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.
Well, it's a new blog, and this is the first of many. This blog will be charting the second year of the MA Creative Writing course which I'm currently studying, my writing and where I'm up to with various projects and scribblings, and also pages and posts on other interests, and the things that inspire … Continue reading The new blog’s first post