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Writing Extracts and Tips

Here are a couple of extracts from my books, an extract from one of my students’ anthologies, a creative writing idea and a Neil Gaiman quote. Do you think there are writing ‘rules’ that need to be broken?

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An extract from the Firebird Chronicles

The ribbons of cloud that twisted around the ship thickened, until slowly, the Black Horizon was consumed by fog. Rain churned the ocean. Despite this, the air was unnaturally quiet. The wind had died down and the sea was flat. The ship cut, almost noiselessly, through the water, its creaks and groans eerie in the […]

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Michael Morpurgo Quote

I read this at a Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Leeds museum. Which books have moved you and made you think? “Michael’s fiction frequently portrays real events through the eyes of children or animals. By encouraging his young readers to engage emotionally with the experiences of his characters, Michael hopes they may develop the skills to […]

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#247Challenge

It’s National Writing Day! Check out #247challenge hashtag on social media to see 24 word stories that have been written for the occasion. Why not have a go at writing your own? Below is my attempt, inspired by a number of school visits where the children have been quick to talk about the technical side […]

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Why Write?

Here are some thoughts about why I write, recorded for National Writing Day 2019. It’s National Writing Day tomorrow, check out their hashtag #247challenge to see 24 word short stories written for this celebration of writing. Why not have a go at writing one yourself!

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Review: Firebird Chronicles

“A delightfully whimsical fantasy plot with more mature themes, like maintaining morality in difficult times and finding your purpose… You can read it on whatever level you’d like: whimsical fantasy, Christian literature, good old fashioned morality tale and so on. A lot of reviews made comparison to the Narnia series and I can definitely see […]

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K’s Treasure: Audio Story

This audio story uses many sounds from freesound.orgfor the full list see here: danielingrambrown.wordpress.com/ks-treasure-sound/

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An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: Cathedral City

An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: “The city is a shadow of its former self. In its days of glory, it thronged with processions, pageants, thriving markets, multitudes of pilgrims and travellers from across the oceans. Music spilled from these cathedrals, and artists painted and sculpted the most exquisite work. The theatricality of its rituals, […]

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A Review of Through the Uncrossable Boundary

“The empowering message that began in Rise of the Shadow Stealers continues to weave through the final installment of the trilogy. Scoop and Fletcher have been encouraged to find their own way by the mentors throughout the series and reach new heights of self-awareness as they continue to forge their own path. These characters have […]

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An Extract from the Firebird Chronicles: The Basillica Isles

An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: They made their way along a dirt track that led through the heart of the makeshift encampment. Every so often, through the tarpaulins pulled between the shacks, Scoop caught a glimpse of the cathedral domes. The air was close, heavy with the smell of fried fish, sweet meats and […]