I have just returned from a week’s writing retreat at The Garsdale Retreat, a creative writing centre in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales, where I enjoyed the peace, the sunshine, the spring lambs and the daffodils. The Garsdale Retreat provides inspirational courses tutored by professional writers, enabling participants to develop their…

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A couple of days ago I was out with a group of people and I ended up feeling ‘squashed’. It was very unpleasant. Two people in the group are very extreme extrovert. One of them interrupted me every time I spoke until I just stopped speaking as she very clearly needed the group attention more…

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