Category: Tell it to the Bees

Tell it to the Bees Toronto Premiere

Tell it to the Bees Toronto Premiere

Tell it to the Bees has become a film!   I sat in the audience and watched the characters I’d thought up, and named, and imagined into being on the page, brought to life on the huge cinema screen in Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre. So exciting! The film is beautiful, with some lovely performances. Some …

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A visit to the editing room

A visit to the editing room

Last week I climbed four flights of narrow stairs to a small room at (nearly) the top of a tatty building off Oxford Circus. At a large desk in front of the window: two screens and all the techie stuff for film editing. Against a side wall: lines of thumbnail photos, a short caption to …

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My daughters on my coming out

My daughters on my coming out

  I was very, very proud of my daughters, Eliza and Jesse, for their intelligent, powerfully articulated and thoughtful pieces in The Independent in April. Quite something, to be asked to write about your mother coming out. Quite something else, to do it as well as they have. What’s harder than telling your parents you’re gay? …

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

I had a hugely enjoyable visit to Edinburgh in August 2010 to do an event with Emma Donoghue titled ‘Love and Trauma through a Child’s Eyes’. I was talking about Tell it to the Bees and Emma about her powerful and disturbing novel, Room. The children in our novels come in for very different kinds …

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North Yorkshire Coast and some beehives

North Yorkshire Coast and some beehives

Monday 19 July, 2010 Took a lovely walk on Sunday with some New York friends. They’ve rented a tiny ex-fisherman’s cottage in Staithes for the week. We were going to walk over the cliffs to Runswick Bay, but when we got as far as Port Mulgrave we were lured down a steep path to the …

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Derbyshire Literature Festival 2010

Derbyshire Literature Festival 2010

  I spent a very enjoyable day in Derbyshire, at Shirebrook and Holymoorside, talking about and reading from Tell it to the Bees. My audiences were both of the best kind: appreciative (I always like that) and challenging. There were both readers and writers in the audiences and so some of the questions people asked were …

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