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Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

Happy Writing Wednesday! Today I'm challenging you to undertake the found object exercise. This is fun to do with friends, both in real life and online. It works better if you don't pick your own object. I can do it with you if you need a pal!The principle is that you pick a small seemingly… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

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Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

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Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

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Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

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Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

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Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

We're at a critical point in time. It's becoming increasingly clear that as women we will have to fight for freedom, equality and our autonomy. That's why Margaret Atwood's gripping story of female subdigation and societal exclusion is having a definitive resurgence.  The story is about a woman named Offred. When a new regime comes… Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

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Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills isn't a book with instant appeal. On the surface, it appears to be about two Scottish fence builders and their foreman, but it's so much more. The world this book creates is familiar and disarming, luring the reader into a false sense of security. Mill's writing feels true… Continue reading Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills