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Splitting the Mermaid. Lucy Ayrton’s funny and powerful drama at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I’VE seen Lucy Ayrton perform twice. I’m a fan. But with this show she had me laughing and then in tears, only able to mutter at her ‘great show’ before I ran out to wail. I saw Splitting the Mermaid

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What’s the point of it? Martin Creed [adult content]

I WENT to see Martin Creed’s exhibition, What is the point of it? in late April this year, with my three boys then aged eight, eleven and twelve. I meant to write about it, hesitated and it’s taken me until

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Letter to an Unknown Soldier

I DON’T have any connection to anyone who fought in the first world war, or none of which I’m aware. Letter to an Unknown Soldier invites everyone, from practising writers to rusty refugees from school English lessons, to write a

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Blog tour

Egad. I find myself on tour, of blogs. My friend and fellow student Liz Lefroy – a fine poet who you can actually google – asked me to do this. She’s a very good poet so I said yes. I

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Yes! It’s that time of year again – the Wantage Literary Festival is bringing you another glorious Sunday afternoon and evening of Poetry (with a capital P). Jenny Lewis, Fiona Sampson, Peter Wyton and Robin Gilbert will all be reading

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Don Paterson

ANYONE who can should come and see Don Paterson reading his poetry on May 22 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The indefatigable team at Woodstock Bookshop have just arranged for this leading contemporary poet to come to Woodstock and give a reading

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Me, Andrew Philip and a fish

ONE of the reasons I haven’t been updating this blog very much is that I have been taking online poetry classes at the London Poetry School. In our hyperbolic age, I find it hard to characterise the course that I’m

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GUEST POST: On course, with Sarah Watkinson

Today, my good friend Sarah Watkinson, an eminent scientist (and a woman of such modesty she’ll hate me for saying it) has agreed to share here the secrets of novel-writing she has gleaned on recent creative writing courses. Sarah, who

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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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