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Lacuna

I’ve been reading Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Lacuna’ and admiring her skill as a historical writer.  I was very enthusiastic about her last book ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ but it lost it’s way towards the end.  This is a much more tightly drawn object … Continue reading

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Rock & Roll, Rhythm and Rut

I haven’t written a piece for a long time because I’ve got out of the rhythm.  There are a lot of links between music and writing and one of the strongest  is a sense of rhythm.  Rhythm of working and … Continue reading

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I am involved in mankinde

thoughts on ‘No Man is and Island’ by John Donne and how it grew from the London of the Reformation Continue reading

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Near and Far

One summer after I’d left school, I was out of cash and desperate for a job. I trudged up stairs to temp agencies where disdainful pink shiny girls in white polyester shirts gave me typing tests and told me to … Continue reading

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Pen and ink

Writing doesn’t just happen in our heads, it happens in our hands as well.  Part of the reason I keep a journal is that I find it very hard to think without the physical words.  Or more accurately I find … Continue reading

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In the shadows of great men

A couple of weeks ago I went to see a 22 year old Korean pianist called Sunwook Kim.  There were about 200 people in the audience, mostly grey haired and all very knowledgeable about music.  The man next door to … Continue reading

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Just another day

Today is Armistice Day and millions of people will be wearing red paper poppies and observing a silence at 11:00 to remember the soldiers who have died in recent wars.  I’ts also Martinmass and if you had lived six or … Continue reading

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Which comes first Culture or Lunch?

I’ve just had a lovely holiday in Slovenia.  I didn’t know a lot about the country before I went so I read all the descriptions I could find.  They all had the same theme: ‘Europe in your pocket’, ‘where the … Continue reading

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Mixing Writing with Real Life

I’ve come back to writing fiction after ten years of editing and lecturing.  A lot has changed in those ten years and the way I write is now very different. I plan my work carefully and I research it more … Continue reading

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The Outlaw in every Writer

writers, writing, outlaws and the attractions of power Continue reading

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