Personal recommendations by Clare

Writing & Publishing

Writers Dreaming, Naomi Epel

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

The Art of Fiction, John Gardner

Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande

Creative Writing, Linda Anderson (ed)

From Pitch to Publication, Carole Blake

An Author’s Guide to Publishing, Michael Legat

Travel Writing, Don George & Charlotte Hindle

Negotiating With The Dead, Margaret Atwood

The Right to Write, Julia Cameron

The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler

The Writer’s Workbook, Jenny Newman, Edmund Cusick, Aileen LaTourette

Writing For Self-Discovery, Myra Schneider & John Killick

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, A&C Black

The Synonym Finder, J.I. Rodale


Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming, Clare R Johnson, PhD

Dream Therapy, Dr Clare Johnson

Mindful Dreaming, Clare R Johnson, PhD

Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner

Creative Dreaming, Patricia Garfield

The Lucid Dreamer, Malcolm Godwin

Dream Time With Children, Brenda Mallon

Lucid Dreams, Celia Green

The Natural Artistry of Dreams, Jill Mellick

Lucid Dreaming, Stephen LaBerge

The Dreams of Women, Lucy Goodison

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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The Mistress of Spices, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

East of the Sun, Julia Gregson

Brick Lane, Monica Ali

The Little Friend, Donna Tartt

On Becoming a Fairy Godmother, Sara Maitland

Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith

Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier

The Inner Courtyard: Stories by Indian Women, Lakshmi Holmstrom (ed)

How to Breathe Underwater, Julie Orringer

On Beauty, Zadie Smith

The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi

Music & Silence, Rose Tremain

After You’d Gone, Maggie O’Farrell

26a, Diana Evans

The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan

The Russian Concubine, Kate Furnivall

The Famished Road, Ben Okri

Fruit of the Lemon, Andrea Levy

Gypsy Masala, Preethi Nair

Star Gazing, Linda Gillard

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Salt-Sweat & Tears, Louisa Adjoa Parker

How to Disappear, Amanda Dalton

The World’s Wife, Carol Ann Duffy

Ariel, Sylvia Plath

Portrait of my Lover as a Strange Horse, Selima Hill

The Forward Book of Poetry, with foreword by Michael Symmons Roberts

Poetry Writers’ Yearbook, Gordon Kerr & Hilary Lissenden (eds)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry, Nikki Moustaki

Collins Rhyming Dictionary, with foreword by Andrew Motion


A Season in Heaven: True Tales on the Road to Kathmandu, David Tomory

The Age of Kali, William Dalrymple

Blue Cats & Chartreuse Kittens, Patricia Lynne Duffy

The Sense of Being Stared at, Rupert Sheldrake

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowic

The Act of Creation, Arthur Koestler

States of Consciousness, Charles Tart

Creativity & Madness, Albert Rothenberg

Karma Cola, Gita Mehta

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International Association for the Study of Dreams

Organisation dedicated to the investigation of dreams and dreaming, with wonderful international and regional dream conferences.

Cinnamon Press

Creative writing competitions, fiction titles, poetry and anthologies.

Danuta Kean

For insights into the book trade, check out the blog and articles of this freelance arts journalist.

Piatkus Books

Specialising in fiction and non-fiction, Piatkus of the Little, Brown Book Group published Breathing in Colour in 2009 and will publish Dreamrunner in 2010.

Arvon Foundation

Writing courses for beginners through to published writers. Individual and group tuition with professional novelists, short story writers and poets.

The New Writer

Writing magazine with short stories, articles, prose and poetry prizes, an online writer’s library, and a reader’s room.


Magazine for women who write. Competitions, articles, interviews.

The Lucid Dream Exchange

In-depth exploration of lucid dreaming, with discussions, articles, book reviews, interviews.

Digital Plot

Friendly, efficient web design.


Writers’ network with annual short story competition.

The Author

Help, advice and information for professional authors.


British arts magazine that covers literature, music, theatre and the visual arts.

The Poetry Society

Lists of competitions, poems of the month, and details about events and publications in the poetry world.

Writers & Artists Yearbook

Author interviews, publishing advice, festivals calendar.

Ways With Words

Literature festivals and writing holidays.

UK Synaesthesia Association

Information on the fascinating sensory condition of synaesthesia. Links to web-based discussion forums and research papers.

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