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Writing inspired by performance

Her leather shawl covers her shoulders like an animal skin, then as time passes it is folded and wrapped around her core tight. The skirt becomes a bussel, its tumbling waves and ribbons of colour like shining hair.


What makes a bestseller

Jonny Geller well-known Literary Agent explains how he knows what books to pick – very useful for those of us conceiving novels. Jonny Geller Ted talk

Why you should read Clade by James Bradley

Finished reading Clade a couple of weeks ago and still feel affected by it. I can see in my mind’s eye trying to escape from flood, hearing a sky where there are no longer birds, dead trees falling in a forest, content of fridges rotting…it’s given me a physical sense of how life will be possibly […]

Character poem

Here’s a poem I wrote about one of the characters in my historical novel The Janus Brew. The idea was to distill the character so I could get a better connection with her as an author. Lysbeth She was a reed ready to bend in the wind that became a storm. Milk-blonde strands dripping with […]

Finding your writing voice – Novel writing course

This week our Writing a Novel  tutor James Bradley talked about creating a strong authorial voice. Firstly he covered ways to inspire your voice. Both I and another student noticed there was a connection here with Margo Lanagan’s previous session where she looks at her scrapbook of images before writing each time. This helps ensure […]

Spiegelworld orders me

Women made-up for a man’s dream stacked themselves with forearms trembling. Men flaunted lines that we love to trace, then wheeling and throwing fast in fearful cycles. We saw the sweat trickling down his back as he ached to balance branches of palm: pendulums swaying in sweet counterpoise. He looked wistfully at his creation before […]