Sunday, November 20, 2022
Helping us to reflect on our particular position in the wider sweep of social and cultural life is something that literature does well. I do...
Sunday, October 09, 2022
Remote island fiction
You could imagine a particular kind writing workshop. There's an assignment: sketch out a story set on an island. Have two main characte...
Friday, August 19, 2022
Half full and half empty
In one way or another a work of fiction is always subject to the gravitational pull of the time in which it is made. Whether we're think...
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Travelling with Tolstoy
The passenger sees the world from a particular point of view. Separate, like a spectator, a world unfolds through the frame of the window. T...
Sunday, February 27, 2022
In the study of writing we often overlook the fact that the most commonly spoken language in the world is Chinese. Using characters - a form...
Saturday, February 05, 2022
Literacy practices in libraries
The public library was an important landmark in my childhood. It was in safe cycling distance, it was always warm, and it was the context fo...
Saturday, December 04, 2021
If you'd told me that the novel I was about to read contained over 60 pages of Powerpoint slides using some of the standard insert graph...
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