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Welcome to the age of the digital readeur

TO AN interesting talk at the Oxford Literary Festival this morning. The three speakers were talking about publishing online and I was especially interested to go as I will be talking about my other blog, SHORTCIRCUIT, at the Vale and

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sLINKY SUNDAY – not safe for work

These are the links I’ve enjoyed this week. Thanks to Laura Dron, Amanda Jennings, everyone on facebook and Sarah Watkinson. Laura Dron’s pictures hilarious but very rude blog about cooking why you should support gay marriage – also not safe

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Andrew Motion and his encouraging gin problem

I went to see Andrew Motion reading his poetry at his alma mater St Anne’s College, Oxford, courtesy of the Oxford University Poetry Society, a few nights ago. I have seen him read before and he reads beautifully. He also

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Milking the maggots

Not to milk the maggots — although what a gift they were — but I did get some interesting responses to my post. Some readers were kind enough to comment on the post right here on the blog, and that’s

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Taking chances

I am quite a cautious person. I like rules. I like to research the rules and then implement them. Teachers love me. But recently I’ve got bored with that and I’ve done a couple of things on instinct. I’ve enjoyed

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What not to do in Poetry Class

Bollocks. Why do I take these risks? I forget that the stakes are quite high in these places and that it matters, or at least it does to me, how I feel when I go out the door. I’m talking

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Listen With Wicked Witch: sitting uncomfortably with Pérez-Reverte in my brain

Each peach, pear, plum I spy Tom Thumb Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy Mother Hubbard Mother Hubbard on the stairs I spy the Three Bears I know that off by heart. And the rest of  Janet and Allan

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