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What’s It All About?

Last week, I had a pleasure and privilege of reading from Ready to Love at Polari, a regular evening of readings celebrating different representations of LGBT literature, held at the Festival Hall at the South Bank. It was lovely to go back to the book, with which I’ve had very little to do recently, on… Continue reading What’s It All About?

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How To Be Storyish

Storyish is my new favourite word. I heard it last night, when I attended a panel event, hosted by Goldsboro Books, celebrating Agatha Christie. The speakers were Ragnar Jonasson (crime writer and translator of many Christie books into Icelandic), John Curran (Christie’s biographer), James Prichard (Christie’s great-grandson and manager of her estate), and Sophie Hannah,… Continue reading How To Be Storyish

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Why I Write. Why I Read.

Rail trips across Australia’s vast state borders had always held all the elements of narrative for Astley: human beings in a small space forging strange alliances, all with a rueful acceptance of their own banality. In a railway carriage anyone could be “people freak” – Astley’s favourite term for herself – could listen in on… Continue reading Why I Write. Why I Read.

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Your First Favourite Author

I’ve briefly mentioned Robin Klein on this blog before, but today is her 81st birthday and so I feel she deserves a post of her own. She was the first author I ever wrote to (way back in 1986) and her friendliness and openness made me completely believe that a writing life was possible. There’s… Continue reading Your First Favourite Author

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bookbybook 11: Anne Fine

I’m thrilled to kick off this second series of interviews with fabulous authors who have written widely, across different age groups and in different genres, over many years – in short, writers who’ve made a writing life not only work but thrive. And I couldn’t be more thrilled than I am to begin by featuring… Continue reading bookbybook 11: Anne Fine

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Everything Is Copy

On the plane to New York last week, I saw a documentary called ‘Everything is Copy’ about Nora Ephron (1941-2012), the American writer/director known for films such as Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and Julie & Julia. Ephron was also a formidable journalist and novelist. Her best-known and most controversial book was Heartburn,… Continue reading Everything Is Copy

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Opening Up and Closing Down Your Writing

It’s been a good summer for reading. Three books have particularly captivated me, all American as it happens: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Each has brought me great pleasure and offered insights into my own work. Commonwealth is the story of two families blended… Continue reading Opening Up and Closing Down Your Writing