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Claire McAlpine commented on the blog post '[THE WRITER'S LIFE] My Book'
"Couldn't live without books, both reading them and writing about them, a conversation I now get to have about so much more of my reading since making a decision to use that exercise as part of my writing practise. "
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Claire McAlpine commented on the blog post 'Me, An Author?'
"Congratralations, your journey to publication is a wonderful story in itself and a motivation to others. My creative bent, well, always learning and wishing to improve at writing, plus my other intuitive pastimes like concocting blends of…"
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Claire McAlpine commented on the blog post 'Me, An Author?'
"Congratralations, your journey to publication is a wonderful story in itself and a motivation to others. My creative bent, well, always learning and wishing to improve at writing, plus my other intuitive pastimes like concocting blends of…"
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Who I am:
I love words, language, sentences, metaphors, stories long and short, poetry, reading and writing.

I love to inspire and to be inspired.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
I write book reviews at 'Word by Word'

http://clairemca.wordpress.com

I tweet @clairewords
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Completed one novel and part way through a second.
Lots of imperfect short stories, though I continue to practice.

I write book reviews as I love to read and to support other writers and it is something short that I can do regularly, even with a busy lifestyle.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Ink Publishing - Easyjet Magazine (I write a monthly travel guide about the city of Marseille)

AAGP Newsletter - an anglo-american newsletter I write reviews for.
My writing is:
Fiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
http://clairemca.wordpress.com
Services I offer to other writers:
Friendship, Support, Advice on writing reviews or getting reviewed.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
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I found out about She Writes from:
Deborah Linker, a writer and published poet from Florida whom I met in Book & Bar, an English bookshop in Aix en Provence

Claire McAlpine's Blog

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 long list announced on International Womens Day

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 11:02pm 0 Comments

Sixteen titles have been long listed from 189 submissions by publishers for the Baileys women's prize for fiction. The sponsorship is now up for renewal but the prize will continue as strong as ever.

"The Women’s Prize is now 22 years old and about to enter a new chapter, but our aim remains the same: to celebrate the very best writing by women in English from all over the world and to champion diverse voices – in every…

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? #adoption #memoir

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

This stylised memoir, set in the working-class north of England, is the book Jeanette Winterson wasn't ready to write back in 1985 when at 25 years of age, she wrote the novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a book that plunged the reader into her universe, one that provided the author the…

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She is An Inspiration - Making a New Life in France at 78 and now a published author!

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 10:31am 0 Comments

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver, Poet

She Writers, I want you to meet Karin Crilly from Laguna Beach, Southern California, who has published her first book in June 2016, a memoir about how she packed up her life in the US and decided to move to France to fulfil one of her life dreams.…

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August is #WITMonth Women in Translation

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 12:30am 2 Comments

I love reading in August, it's the month when I have a bit of extra time and can stretch the reading boundaries, reading across cultures and languages, a month when lots of people I know are reading books by women, originally written in a language other then English. This year is the third year, this initiative has…

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At 1:53pm on June 29, 2014, Kim Ivie said…

Hi! Thanks for the friend request. I appreciate it! :)

At 7:07pm on December 11, 2013, Bella Mahaya Carter said…

How cool! Thanks, Claire. I will check it out!

At 9:56am on December 11, 2013, Bella Mahaya Carter said…

Claire McAlpine: Who wrote The Hidden Lamp and what's it about? To which Joko Beck quote do you refer? I couldn't find it on you SW blog page. Thanks, Bella

At 10:15pm on October 1, 2012, Anita Chapman said…
Hi Claire, thanks for accepting friend request and for your lovely words about my blog post. Great to meet you on here!
At 12:34pm on July 19, 2012, Colleen Leonardi said…

Thanks for your kind message, Claire. I like how you describe my work as a joyful balance. That's lovely. Looking forward to reading your words and getting to know you here and on your blog. xx

At 4:06am on June 17, 2012, Edith O Nuallain said…

Hi Claire, thanks for friending me! I love you blog and have signed up for updates! xxx

At 4:52pm on April 24, 2012, Rebecca Lane Beittel said…

I haven't been on SheWrites much lately.  Been busy doing my own "thang" I suppose.  I'm curious as to what my SheWrites friends are up to, writing-wise, though.  Right now, I'm waiting to hear back from 2 agents who have requested my full manuscript of The Time Minders.  I'm still working on Kingdoms of Blood & Magic, but not as diligently as I should, since I've been querying/submitting for the TTM, doing scads of tutoring at my daughters' school and work for our church's youth group.  How about YOU? 

At 5:46pm on February 26, 2012, Rebecca Lane Beittel said…

I LOVE France, even though I've only been there once . . . .many, many years ago.  Where in France are you?

At 8:01pm on January 16, 2012, Regina Y. Swint said…

Claire,

If I haven't said so before, thank you for all of the encouragement.  This online activity stuff is exhausting, isn't it?  If only I could squeeze little more time into my day.  I'm still trying to initiate and join discussions that I can contribute something to that will be helpful to other folks, but who knows if it's working?  I hope.  I hope!  How are you?  And happy new year to you, by the way.  :)

At 1:58pm on January 2, 2012, Deborah Batterman said…

The  more I read your blog, the more I look forward to your next post. Seriously, what you bring to the world of reading, and writing, is wonderful. All the more reason that I appreciate thoughtful comments on mine. 

 
 
 

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