Burning the midnight oil: writer's 100-hour marathon to raise cash for Arvon

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A 100-hour writing marathon that began on Monday night at midnight ended at 4am today, Saturday 22 December. David Varela commenced writing poems and other pieces non-stop at Ted Hughes’s former home at Lumb Bank, Heptonstall, in aid of the Arvon Foundation, which was hoping to raise £3,000 from the project. The event was broadcast live online here.

After it was all over Varela said on his blog: "There are a few pieces here that I'm proud of, especially given the circumstances of their genesis. The tech worked pretty damn well and I think it has proven itself to be a new artform." He added: "I want to do this live writing thing again, though maybe in shorter bursts. In terms of volume, I think I've written over 100 pieces and more than 40,000 words."

Vareal confessed to not staying awake for 100 hours: "Ultimately, I was getting paid to write, and when I didn't sleep, my writing speed nosedived. I got about 90 minutes' sleep the first night and the same again the second night. Last night (Friday morning) I binged on a hearty five hours - and I think it's no coincidence that much of my best work came though in the hours after that."

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