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

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

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.

Happy Bookshop Day!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Saturday 8 October marks the first national Bookshop Day and is designed to celebrate the vital role these magical portals play in our communities nationwide. With that in mind, I thought I'd share five reasons why you should get down to yours.

National Poetry Day

Friday, September 16, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Think you don't like/can't write poetry? You haven't met the very talented Lucy Furlong. I'm excited to announce that I shall be helping this bloomin' marvellous poet - alongside my all the sins co-editor Sinead Keegan - to spread poetic joy and cheer this coming National Poetry Day - 6th October.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

This is a bit odd. I've never talked about my infertility openly before but Andrea Leadsom's interview in The Times has done something I didn't expect - make me take a leap of faith

Non-planner's guide to planning

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Why is it that when you're trying to write the thing you should be writing - i.e. the novel - your brain decides to do a little dogleg and tell you that what you really should be doing is writing about how rubbish you are at planning? Procrastination? Don't get me started. For now, I give an amateur's eye view of how to plan when you're rubbish at planning.

Where do we go from here?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

In the past week I have become a remain zombie, one of millions wandering the streets muttering things like 'oh dear' and 'we better get on with it' and 'yes, it is a democracy, but was a plan too much to ask for?'

I've voted in

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

The Davison household trotted off to their local polling station today - Mr Davison hilariously reminding me not to cross the 'wrong' box. Just in case I can sway any final undecideds, I thought I'd share my - very personal - reasons for voting in on this sultry June day.

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