Monthly Archives: November 2011

Writing about the Russian Mafia

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What do I have in common with the Russian mafia? Not much, thankfully, except my friend, Joe Stein, has written a brilliant new detective novel which shows that he knows enough about them for both of us. I first wrote …

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Literature for Social Change

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While I was having a wonderful time in Ireland pounding out the first draft of Novel 3, the kids of Anjali House were holding their third Writing Workshop. In between writing episodes about fictional lives in Siem Reap, real lives in …

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Meet Poet, Carolyn Oulton

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Over the past years, I have had the good fortunate to get to know Carolyn and her poetry. I think all poetry lovers should know about her latest collection.Carolyn is a Reader in Victorian English at Canterbury Christ Church University. …

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Retreat!

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Random thoughts: 1. Look at the 1st Draft Progress meter to the right. Yep, that’s 73% done and a crazy 13,000 words written since I’ve been here. 2. I haven’t left the house in two days which is partly due …

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Deadlines Made Easier to Bear

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For the first time in my writing career, I feel like I have a serious deadline. I feel like, finally, there are people out there in the world waiting for something, expecting me to produce. I have always been the …

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Coming to Radio 4!

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Big news! I will be interviewed on the popular Radio 4 show Excess Baggage by the fascinating John McCarthy tomorrow….yes, that’s tomorrow, Saturday 12 November at 10.00 am UK time. Very exciting and a bit scary, to be sure. I hope …

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Blog Change

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There’s lots of changes chez Guiney of late. As many know, we’ve moved house after seventeen years and with that came a new neighbourhood and a very new and, actually, exciting lifestyle. There’s also my new connection with SOAS as …

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Where to Launch?

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I’m a great believer in celebrating success – especially in a job as rife with rejection as writing is. So whenever I or anyone I know is able to have a book published, I want to party! But like all …

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