5 Day Poetry Challenge

5 Day Poetry Challenge

In the last week of June 2019, I took part in Arvon's 5 Day Poetry Challenge as a chance to rediscover my relationship with poetry. And the experience was bloody brilliant.

100 days. 100 writers. 100 stories. 1 amazing project.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Posted by : Lisa

For the past 16 months I have been involved in an incredible project with 100 other writers to commemorate 100 lives of the First World War. As the project draws to a close I wanted to reflect on the impact it has had on me.

Composing quintudes

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Posted by : Lisa

This year I am taking part in an incredible project to mark the end of the First World War. The 26 Armistice project will see 100 writers writing 100 centenas to commemorate the myriad ways in which the 'war to end all war' affected life. To get in the mood, a few of us met at the Imperial War Museum in late March to visit the First World War exhibition and try our hand at shorter quintude.

One Wise Woman

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

February marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of Britain's finest novelists and one of my literary heroines - Angela Carter. I have loved her writing for almost as many years as she has been gone, but it is her last novel - Wise Children - to whom my heart specifically belongs.

Holding out for a hero

Friday, February 3, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

In a recent interview Donald Trump was asked who his heroes were. His answer was astonishing. Not for its rambling nature - that's a given these days - but for the total lack of imagination. All of which has made me think about the importance of my heroes, particularly in turbulent times.

Best bits of 2016

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a stinker of a year - be it your view on politics or the shocking number of ridiculously talented people who shuffled off this mortal coil. To cheer myself up, I decided to have a think about all the brilliant books, films, shows and art that I saw in what was otherwise a s*** show of a year.

all the sins new issue now online

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

As the second edition of the digital literary and arts magazine that I co-edit is published, I had a think about what my role as an editor means for the way in which I face rejection in my own writing.

Welcome to The Great Puzzle

My name is Lisa Davison. It's also Lisa Andrews - because we are never just one thing at one time, and I'm terrible with choice. I've been a journalist and editor for the past 20 years, writing features on everything from how to be the perfect tamagotchi parent - Remember them? No? You missed out - to how an energy company steered a course through the banking crisis.


I was also an entertainment and film journo for Heat magazine and popcorn.co.uk. My expert knowledge on celebrity sex lives is so last century, but I do still hold the dubious distinction of being the only person to write anything positive enough about Battlefield Earth for it to end up on the DVD cover.*


In 2016, I set up the digital literary and arts magazine all the sins with my co-editor Sinéad Keegan.


The Great Puzzle started out as a place for me to waffle on about reading, writing and my unhealthy fascination with paper. Now, it's starting to become a place where I waffle on about, well, anything, really. I can't promise that the weird posts about my obsession with paper will stop, though. You can find out more about what I do on the cunningly-titled About page. Thanks for falling down the rabbit hole with me...


* The quote was 'fantastic special effects'. 

Alice And Curtain Final


A word from the wise:

'The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.' Terry Pratchet


This week I am mostly reading:

Connect: how companies succeed by engaging radically with society - John Browne, Robin Nuttall, Tommy Stadlen