What I'm up to

A window into my world...

Here’s a selection of scribblings in which I peel down to my emotional underwear – a psychological striptease that occasionally reveals all.

Mummy Porn

For most married couples, being ‘creative in bed’ simply means taking up knitting whilst watching Lateline. There comes a time in every marriage when a slow drip sexual ennui sets in. It’s been so long…

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The serious side of comedy writing

For aspiring comic authors, there are many technical terms you first need to master. For example, did you know that ‘brontosaurus’ is an anthology of works by 19th century English sister authors? Then there’s grammatical…

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Puberty Blues and the temptations and traps of adaptation

Asking a novelist if they like the film adaptation of their novel is a little like asking a turkey if it likes Christmas. There have been so many bad adaptations of good books, readers often…

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International Women’s Day

On 8th March 2012, as part of International Women’s Day, I took part in the “Join me on the Bridge” campaign in London. Women and men gathered on bridges all around the world to take…

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Writing for The Simpsons… and hiding Julian Assange in the attic

The most quirky writing task I’ve had of late, was penning some dialogue for The Simpsons 500th episode. In typical delightfully subversive style, The Simpsons creators decided to include a cameo from Julian Assange. Julian…

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My Family and other aliens

Aspergers. If onions make you cry, are there vegetables that make you happy? Is a harp just a nude piano? Is a vacuum cleaner a broom with a stomach? Is ‘mauve’ simply pink trying to…

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My gallery

I’ve added some of my favourite photos to a gallery for you of the people who are my human wonder bras – uplifting and supportive and making me look bigger and better. There may be a few faces here you recognise – but nobody two-faced, that’s for sure. Now you’ll know the things I get up to when I should be writing….

One-liners, wise cracks and witticisms