Castles, Boxes and Slow-growing Seeds

As if I wasn’t busy enough I’ve gone and got myself a day job. I’m going to be working for the National Trust at Dunster Castle. I’ve played harp there many times but now I’ll be interacting with the public in a different role. My workplace is historical, fascinating and utterly beautiful, and of course it’s bound to supply inspiration for future stories, maybe even novels. Over the National Trust training week two principles kept arising and it struck me that they apply very much to music and writing as well. The first is this: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. I’ll give only one little example because I’m dying to boast about it. My novel was one of only three semi-finalists in the Siskiyou Prize for

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