Monthly Archives: October 2008

Let’s Talk about Competitions

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Last week I wrote about the end of a well-established poetry competition, the Petra Kenney Memorial Poetry Competition, here.  Soon after, I read in Sarah Salway’s blog about this year’s version of the competition she has been running with Lynne …

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Around the Bend

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As many of you know, over the past few months I have been on my own curving road, a road which has veered, sometimes precipitously, off to the side into sometimes dangerous terrain. I’m talking, of course, about how I …

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Meme and others

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What’s the derivation of the word “meme” anyway? And how do you pronounce it — to rhyme with ‘dream’ or as if it was ‘me-me’? The second choice makes the most sense to me, but I’m so often wrong. But …

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The Virtual Life and John Cusack

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Isn’t it a wonder how we can have worldwide conversations with friends new and old without leaving our chairs, roll as they might?  One such conversation is about to begin next week as the very talented Tania Hershman begins a …

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The Best Mariachi in the World

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Almost exactly one year ago, I was at my favourite writer’s retreat, Anam Cara, in West Cork, Ireland.  I’m due to go back in a few weeks, so I’ll write more about it then.  But one of the happiest of …

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Running Away and Coming Back Again

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What a beautiful city Stockholm is. I had a wonderful escape with Number 2 Son, although I’m very conscious of this being the last of these school calendar imposed October breaks.  I’m doing a lot of that this year — …

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The Difference Between Hats

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Many people have been asking me what it’s like to be a “West End Producer”. Well….There’s a life I seem to remember with nostalgia and longing from a few months ago. It’s my life as a writer. In that life …

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Despite it all

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I can’t believe it’s been a week since my last post, but what a week it’s been!  The photo tells it all, I think.  This week saw the opening of CurvingRoad’s world premiere production of SH*T-M*X at London’s Trafalgar Studio. …

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