Bournemouth Literary Festival 2010

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Once you agree to take part in a festival, time gets distorted. You start a year ahead, the first six months or so slide past and suddenly our Chairman, Lillian Avon, who also founded the Festival, is talking seriously about the need for more frequent committee meetings and firming up on venues, tickets and publicity. And then, help, it’s here! 

 

The next seven days from 22nd to 28th O...

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Where to sell your poems and stories for money.

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Some people take up the gentle hobby of writing because they feel it will pass the time and prove diverting.  Others may enter the field of anopisthographical combat for the challenge of the adrenalin fuelled gladiatorial contest against the very vocabulary that they are seeking to conquer and ul...

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Four Hundred and Tenby Two Hundred and Twenty

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Writing competition judges, Judith Barrow and Emily Hinshelwood, for short story and poetry categories respectively, have awarded first, second and third prizes for the three best short stories and...

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Confessions of an Edinburgh Fringe Veteran

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How many shows do you have to take to Edinburgh before you can describe yourself as a ‘Fringe veteran’? If the answer is ten, then Project Adorno, the poetry/music ensemble I’m half of, could just ...

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Interview with the Legendary John Cooper Clarke

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First published in Pennyblack, and reproduced with kind permission http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/GenSitePages/NewHP.aspx

Writing a piece about a writer can be a little bit tricky. Part of yo...

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The inevitable happening in the lake district

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There is a lead character in J D Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey who finds the shallow materialism of modern life 'soul destroying'; its ordinariness and greed 'demoralising'; and its university ...

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Gullible Travels

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Jonathan Swift, Isaac Bickerstaff, M..B Drapier and Lemuel Drapier had much in common - not least - they were all writers. Yet perhaps a more common trait that they shared, as well as their propens...

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Holding On and Looking Out by David C Johnson

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This latest collection of poems from Bristol poet and spoken word performer David C Johnson made me slightly apprehensive at first as it is recommended by the author that they are to be ‘read in be...

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A to m bombs and a to z gems

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There are many, many more types of poetic expression than the personal lyric.

 

The lyric has become predominant at the present time because of political and ideological factors: we l...

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Binalong Time

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Andrew Barton Paterson CBE  1864  -  1941    
Poet, Novelist,  Lawyer, Grazier, Traveller, Journalist,  Editor, War Correspondent,  Soldier, Sportsman and noted Horseman.
 
The eldest of ...

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Where there's a Will, there's a way

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This book began as a pamphlet, of a 1990 Hilda Hulme Lecture entitled ‘Ways into Shakespeare’s Sonnets’.

It is a book of close-reading, a book that investigates poetry in depth, from its langua...

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A win's a win - Bolton Howcroft

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Well, I was picking the bones out of ‘Ancrene Wisse’, a 13th century masterpiece of Middle English prose - but what the hell - let’s talk about proper words and stuff innit.

I’ve not travelled to...

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Had Field Will Travel

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A review of Nigh-No-Place by Jen Hadfield.

There are many things to like about this book, not least the cover picture of one very aware horse in an open landscape, that we can only take to be p...

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Two Cinammon Poetry Collections

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Quaintness and Other Offences, Ann Drysdale (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

The Shadow House Kathy Miles (Cinnamon Press, 2009)

Drysdale and Miles  have different writing styles, however...

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