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2021

June

What's On My Home Screen Right Now?
A Prayer To Silence The Inner Critic
Design Your Own T-shirt (Like I Do)
Newsletter Challenge, June to July 2021

May

96,000 Reasons To Write By Hand
How To Collaborate So Your Project Feels A Bit More Real
Finding Your Own Style, and Sticking With It | Interview with James Mayhew
How To Pull Off A Month-Long Creative Project

April

Speechwriters: What Makes An Adequate Speech?
"Everybody needs a jolly good listening to" | Interview with author Wendy Jones
Who Spoke, Who Didn't? | Using Rhetoric To Read The News
Instagram, Outstagram
An Opportunity To Join My Whizzy Group
Inside The Whizzy Group
Chris Glynn demonstrates iPad animation
"I Thought I Didn't Need Supervision" | Interview with Jenny Rogers

March

A Word About Typewriters
On Being Drawn Into A Classic
Whizzy Group | What next?
An Extremely Professional Advertisement
Your Questions Answered
What Kind Of Public Speaking Is Scarier Than This?
A List Of Lists
"When I'm On My Deathbed I'll Remember This"
Adventures in Syndication
Portraits of the artist in a ________?
On The Pleasures Of Copying Out Great Writing By Hand
Urban Landscapes: Fundraising Print Sale
Phonetic Punctuation: How To Make The Sound Of A Closing Bracket?
Examined Life: Q&A
My Viral TEDx: What happened, from start to finish

February

A Guide To Being A Coachy Friendy Agenty Kind Of Person
Virtual Pilgrimage In A Day: to Winchester with the BPT
How To Talk About Something Delicate: a few suggestions
My First Wedding Speech: blow by blow, by Rebecca Twomey
"It's A Sin To Bore For Jesus"
Talking As Therapy, And Just Talking
What Does A Virtual Pilgrimage Look Like?
Modest, Adequate: First Review on Amazon
Excited, Then Fearful: in 59 seconds
Book Launch On Zoom with Q&A
"Read It Aloud": an interview with voice artist Kris Dyer
How To Do A Wedding Speech?
What Happened To Brendan?
Praying The Rosary
Keeping a Commonplace Book
How to build engagement before your events
What A Relief To Write Tasks, Events and Insights On Paper
"Do I Have Sleepless Nights? I do"
What I Use For Drawing Online
I'm Keeping Up With Absolutely Everything
How I Tried To Understand My Audience
How to write a book proposal: Interview with agent Jaime Marshall
How I Podcast: using the Anchor app
OUT NOW: A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech

January

"You Were Almost Painfully Honest"
Travel Writing: Things I've Tried
Public Speaking: do it "all wrong" and still be good

2020

December

On being curious
On Asking Good Questions
Save the world, one creative project at a time

September

Using Theatre To Do Therapy: Fritz Perls and Gloria
How to prepare a talk
Exhausted, needed support

August

How Sketching Improves Your Writing

July

Rhetoric in the age of Zoom
Tips for a book launch on Zoom

June

Can crockery help conversations?
Be Drawn
Just About Holding It Together

May

How to get stories into newspapers

April

Doubting Thomas on Zoom
Get Some Rhyme In Your Zoom
Build connection in lockdown: be seen
Build connection in lockdown

March

Sunday Service on Facebook

January

Another odd experiment with Steve

2019

December

"You Have To Do This" - In Memory of Tazeen Ahmad

October

Finding The Oooh Moment
Secrets Of A Corporate Art Collection

August

How Does A Writing Career Unfurl?

June

Walk And Talk For Mental And Physical Health
Writing Somebody's Life Story

May

Drawing For Mental Health Exercise
Chaucer's Seat
Walking And Talking Can Be Therapeutic

April

Encounter at 10 Downing Street
In The Footsteps Of Chaucer

2018

September

The Sound of Silence

2017

December

Engage the monster!

November

Crowdfunding superhero
Book Group Q&A
Thank you for asking me to your book group
Make your book as good as it can be
How "proper" books become proper books

October

Don't Know What To Say / Dr Bramwell
Don't Know What To Say
This talk isn't very good

September

What's Bugging You?
Washing up is like smoking cigarettes...
Clean your dirty fingers by... washing your hair

May

Rob gets away with it
Don't know what to say
Don't know what to say (2 of 3)
A Rousing Talk, With Quite A Lot At Stake
Work With You | Speaking events by video link

March

Revolutionary tea

February

What would you work on, if you had a coach?

2016

November

Everybody needs a Marie

September

How to change the world: what can one person do?
Don't look down
A little book of St Petersburg

August

How can a plate change the way you talk?

July

"Take Off The Mask" | Interview with Jamie Catto

June

"I thought, this is my dream job"
The European School
"I don't need to put on a performance"
The EU is a kind of creative collaboration

May

Parental approval
It's easy, in 2016, to conclude that nobody wants to pay authors
"The conversation brought him back to life"
Signed copies sent out at last
Signed editions for subscribers
How 25 readers transformed my manuscript

April

The point of it all
What a virtual book launch party looks like
Micro-masterclass: historical fiction
"It was scary... and lovely"
Meet my publishers. All of them
Finished. Made it. It's done
What a world! Oh, happy day! And things like that
Online, virtual book launch party
You are invited...
Thinking with your hands
What other people think of you

March

On being inspired by a school teacher

February

Creativity is freedom

January

Extend the brand...?

2015

November

Sharing conversations

October

Documentary: The Rejection Game
A life more noble
Real reader reviews
Michel Thomas told me: eliminate anxiety

August

Looking for brilliant book reviewers
Warning! Handjob
Driving clothes
Visible mending - latest
Who are your people?

July

Great start to the day
"So impressed with the clever campaign"
Dear Emma...
Authors don't need publishers. Publishers need authors
On being given a wigging

June

Last 10,000 words in one weekend
Hand-stitched activism
How to write without writing
Before and After
Stick to the programme
How to say 'No, thank you'?
On getting words wrong

May

Interviewing myself - as the meanest possible journalist
Handmade handouts
What materials do you need?
What to do with used scraps of paper?
What can possibly be the upside?

April

Living between To Do and Done
Thank you, Peggy
If you feel lucky to have been an author at all...

March

How to collaborate - a map
Do your best
What's Bugging You?
Our so-called Masterclass: what happened?
How to collaborate?
Being straightforward - or not
How to stop blocking yourself
What if nobody joins in?
Beautiful, heartfelt fragments

February

Talking about people as if they weren't there
"You're not like us"
What matters most: you or the thing you represent?
What could you gain from collaboration?
What do other people think of you?
The woman who left her husband because of me
How to discuss something complex?

January

Advice to would-be coaches
Falling into angry victim mode
10 crowd-funding lessons for authors
Email amnesty
Make a decision. Even the wrong one
Why apologise, if they won't?
Is this the greatest ever specimen of crowdfunding?
My 10 favourite historical novels
Learn from others who know more about the subject
The Secret Sentences game
Did anybody ask for your opinion?
Start here
Courses
About this blog

2014

December

My 2014 successes and failures
A secret page

November

Mapologists
Hot stuff
Everything is feedback
Collaborate with the dead
Ask for help, and you might get it
Ask for moral support
Date with destiny, indeed
Library of dreams

October

Dear Art Teacher...
The School of Courage

September

Your face here

August

Hurrah - I failed!

July

Blessed by a jackdaw
Where do we work?

June

Meal time
"He started talking about things I'd never heard before..."
On taking risks
How to silence your inner critic
What If Everybody Was Interesting And Attractive?
What's your favourite heirloom?
Heroes
10 reasons to read about Queen Anne
How to make a historical novel look modern?
Life coach to the queen - LIVE!
On reinventing oneself

April

Who the hell is Steve Chapman?

March

The maker's mark

February

Don't forget to celebrate
Book-making is craftivism too

2013

October

Ten years on, an idea starts to become real

September

Meet my bibliotherapist

May

Daring To Call Myself An Artist

April

Conversations that change everything
Portrait of the artist

March

How to talk about race?

February

Peter Tatchell, improviser
Smashing? Or protecting? What to do?

January

Problem becomes solution
Fail happily
Me, Socrates, and a young man called Dean

2012

December

I lost my contract
How to change the world, in America
Creativity, Mind Maps and Me
Training With Keith Johnstone

November

How to change the world, in Greek
Como Cambiar el Mundo
De wereld veranderen: hoe doe je dat

October

Master manipulator
"You know what? I'm really happy"
Audience as Artist

September

Anyone can have a go

August

First foreign-language edition is here

July

A tiny book of big ideas

June

What is craftivism?

May

It doesn't have to be the whole world. Just change your world
What can one person do?
Er, I don't only make clothes
I hope she isn't reading this
Ten smiles an hour zone
Sew Your Own: the pop-up book
If you say you want to "change the world"...
Why hand-made matters

April

No good being a campaigner if you're not a good neighbour

2008

February

Great bargain, shame about the true cost