Creative Writing  - coming in 2019

Travel Writing Workshop
                                                                        February  2,  2019
                                                                              10 – 16.30

                                                       @ Le Patio Café       10 Rue Jean Jaurès, Exideuil    


Anyone who travels has a great story, an experience which may be filled with drama, frustration, discovery, cultural difference, joy, transcendence... It may be somewhere you visited briefly or when you moved to a new
place.  Sharing these stories not only gives you a chance to explore and reflect on yourself and your place in the world, but expand the world view of others, too. And there are numerous on-line outlets and publications you can pitch your ideas to. However, travel essays are more than just documenting where you went and what you saw – you want to sweep the reader along with you. Learn the skills required in travel writing and tips on how to write the story only you can tell.

                                                                          36 €     maximum 8 places

bookings and enquiries: [email protected]

                                                                           Why Poetry? 

                                                                     A three hour poetry workshop


                                                                             Date and time TBA

                                                         @ Cafe le 7    7 Avenue du Midi    Arnac-Pompadour

Since before Homer, people have used poetry and verse in order to shape thoughts and feelings, as well as tell stories. Robert Frost said, 'Poetry is when an emotion has found a thought and the thought has found words.' 
A poem is an attempt to capture and explore memories and experience with rhythm annd style. It is to delve deep, to take a risk. It develops an understanding of language. It can be long or short. It can be on any topic.
It lets you break the rules. It frees the psyche. This workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of the craft – and inspire you!

                                                                         18€     maximum 8 places

bookings and enquiries: [email protected]



      Additional services                          

Editing and proof-reading

Editing and proof-reading are available. I keep meticulous records of the time taken and provide documentation for the work done. 38€ p.h.

 Manuscript appraisal

Having been a professional manuscript appraiser with The Manuscript Appraisal Agency in Australia for several years I can  help by reading your manuscript and seeing it from a potential publisher's viewpoint. In
 preparation for publishing I am then able to provide an in-depth report on your work, giving objective and considered feedback to help take your manuscript to the next stage of its development. (Manuscripts 50,000 to 80,000 words: fee 190€.) 


Writing Residencies are also available by arrangement, both mentored and independent, in the self-contained gite. To enquire please go to the website



The Truth about A​       
A contemporary re-imagining of the myth of Antigone         Published September 2017
                                                                                                               Ginninderra Press

​Available through Amazon, Book Depository, Ginninderra Press , and selected bookstores.

The Truth about A.

In his interpretation of Antigone, Seamus Heaney says, ‘Nobody can be sure they are always right.’ The Truth about A, further attends to this idea through various readings of the myth as portrayed by Sophocles, Brecht, Ted Hughes, Anne Carson, and most particularly Euripides. Set in contemporary Sydney, among a fictional underworld family, The Truth about A considers not only the issue of whether to obey the law or your conscience, but strikes at the heart of the nature of the creative impulse and the eternal bonds and chasms between generations. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, sister to Ismene, Eteokles and Polyneices, provokes the fury of the crime-overlord Creon with her profound sense of honour, family and duty. But this spirit of defiance discharges questions infinitely more complex than the brute facts of power and order, engendering a meditation on justice, ethics, and personal judgment.
 published November 2015  (Ginninderra Press)     
                        Stand too close to horror, and you get fixation, paralysis,
                        engulfment; stand too far, and you get voyeurism or forgetting.
                        Distance matters.
                         EVA HOFFMAN
                        After Such Knowledge
Lakeland is a hybrid novel, a fictional recreation told in prose and verse of multiple characters in one family. Inspired by real events, the story moves in and out of Nazi Germany, across hemispheres and through generations of exile and emigration to explore one of history’s big questions, how to make sense of the actions of ordinary people under a regime whose unspeakable deeds ensured there were no longer any ordinary people?     
In the first years of the twentieth century, Anna, a young unmarried middle-class woman, gives birth to twins. While she keeps her son, her daughter Helene is raised by the state and later ‘adopted’ by her aunt so as to be allowed to marry Hans, a Prussian industrialist. Hans is captured by the Russians in 1945 and imprisoned near Leningrad, where he dies in a gulag. Helene twice flees with her children, first to the Communist East, then to West Germany. In the early 60’s her daughter, Sieglinde, makes her way to Australia, where she has a family of her own; seven children who know little of their mother’s past.
The many voices build a kind of collective memoir dealing with family relationships, the stories we tell ourselves, the passing of time, and the link between history, imagination and memory. In Lakeland, as with other multiple format books like Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, William Carlos William’s Paterson and Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family, there is a counterpoint between the intimate/domestic and its point of contact with the world at large. The ‘Sees’ ­– the lakes – with a different meaning for each character, act as a bond, a motif for the ways in which we experience and give shape to what we may conceal, but can never escape.
Available through Amazon, Ginninderra Press , Book Depository and selected bookstores.