Stories That Shape Us

After attending the first in a new series of conversations earlier this month, Sophie Gordon’s been pondering how childhood reading influences us as writers today. How has what you read as a child shaped you as a…

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Spotlight: Elise Valmorbida

The Madonna of the Mountains is the compelling, detail-rich life story of Maria Vittoria. The novel opens in 1923 when Maria’s father has gone searching neighboring villages to find a husband for his daughter who at 25…

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Taking the pain out of pay

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How much is my work worth? A tricky, potentially awkward question we have to ask ourselves. But does it need to be so wince-inducing? Francesca Baker caught up with some fellow 26ers to get their two cents…

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Spotlight: Celeste Ng

Bestselling Author Celeste Ng talks to Elena Bowes about breaking rules, knowing your characters inside out and how to avoid writers block the second time around.      My 25-year-old daughter gave me Little Fires Everywhere for…

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Writing resolutions

  My writing resolution for 2018 is not to settle for the first idea. I heard a neuroscience lecture last year which said that your brain is wired to take the shortest route to a solution, meaning…

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Words of wisdom

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What does it take to become a writer? Francesca Baker investigates, with a little help from members of 26. A love of writing, a desire to see words in print, and a passion for communication are what…

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Live happy, write well

Our next 26 Trade Secrets workshop takes place in late January, with a focus on mindfulness and creative writing. Sophie Gordon caught up with positive psychology expert Vanessa King to find out what we can expect from…

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Spotlight: Michael Bristow

Approaching the end of his eight-year stay in China, BBC journalist Michael Bristow decided to write a book about the country’s modern history. For help, he turned to his language teacher born in 1949, two years before…

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Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
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Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley