Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Wit and Wisdom of Margaret Atwood

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The best thing I can do for today’s blog is to point you in the direction of yesterday’s mini-interview of Margaret Atwood in The Guardian. Every Saturday, they run a Q&A where they ask the same 25 questions. Her answers …

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Fiction, Poetry, Science, Wine and Brownies

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If that doesn’t make for the perfect 24 hours, then I don’t know what does. Wednesday evening I sat on a panel for Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas discussing such questions as what gives a writer or scientist credibility? Do facts …

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Cambridge Festival of !deas

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Now this is an event I’m really thrilled to be a part of. The Cambridge Festival of !deas is in the midst of it’s third year as the only free arts, humanities and social sciences festival in the UK. Last …

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A Connecticut Yankee

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I lived in Connecticut over thirty years ago. I have lots of good associations with the State, but it actually has seemed very far away over the past years. I associate Connecticut with leafy suburbs and sensible lifestyles – a …

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Different Sorts of Book Signings

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It’s been a busy couple of days.Two book signings. Two books to be signed. Two very different venues and very different audiences. At the Grolier Poetry Bookshop Friday afternoon at The Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square. This is a …

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Breaking into the States, Again

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Here I am, back in Boston. I’m here to see my beloved Number 2 Son and hang around with The Big D while he goes to some meetings. Then next weekend, I’m off to Washington D.C. to go to the …

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Teaching Writing

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When people generally think about how writing is taught they tend to think of workshops, small rooms filled with large handfuls of students sitting around tables doing exercises suggested by a tutor. I often teach that way as well. But …

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What’s So Great About Being a Writer?

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This week I had my first official event as Writer-in -Residence at SOAS. I hosted a public reading by the Malaysian fiction writer and poet, Shivani Sivagurunathan. Shivani read from her recently published short story collection, Wildlife on Coal Island. …

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What’s on the Radio?

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I have lived in the UK for over twenty years now, and still I’m occasionally caught out by subtle differences between my adopted country and the country of my birth — or even more to the point here, my adolescence …

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