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Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Finally, I've read Lord of the Flies after years of people making reference to it in conversation and me laughing along like I know what they're talking about. William Golding's classic novel examines civilisation verses savagery and how quickly morality can dissipate when there is no one to exact justice. The story follows a group… Continue reading Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

Happy Writing Wednesday! I’ve pulled some weird and wonderful ideas and topics from around the internet to help give us all a writing boost. Whilst they might not work for everyone, I hope for some they might provide a little bit of inspiration and encouragement. I’ve also included some creative exercises I’ve picked throughout my… 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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Writing Wednesday: The Cut and Paste Exercise

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm going to talk about copying and pasting as a creative exercise. Steal like an artist is probably a phrase you're familiar with. Taking and remodelling work by other authors is a great skill to master if you want to build on great literary tradition or just have some fun. It's fairly… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Cut and Paste Exercise

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Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

This Writing Wednesday I thought I'd link you up to this fantastic website. There are all of these words appearing on the internet describing strange emotions. I didn't realise that these words were written by one man until I found this Ted talk where he discusses his site "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows". The author, John Koenig… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

I thought today I would share with you a writing exercise I picked up a long time ago when I used to study Creative Writing. It takes barely any time and you can do it during your everyday life with only minor disruption to other pedestrians. The tip is, when you’re out in town or… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

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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