Monthly Archives: January 2012

New York City

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The New York part of this trip has been great. I have managed to get to the NY Public Library to start reading through the new novel. What a strange process that is. I’m finding some small changes I want …

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Writing Rituals

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I have always believed in the importance of rituals. I don’t necessarily mean the religious kind, though they have their function as well, of course. I mean rituals that we ourselves create to mark our own, specific lives. I’ve found …

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Diana McCaulay and "Dog-Heart"

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One of the great pleasures of this writing life of mine has been meeting writers from all over the world who I would never have met before. Often, this happens via the blog. But recently,  I met a very talented …

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Writing the Last Word

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As my handy-dandy Word Count Meter on the right shows, I have now written the last word of the first draft of the new novel. I posted as much on Facebook and I received all sorts of lovely messages of …

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Dancing Across Borders

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Of personal and, increasingly, professional interest to me is the way the arts can be used to promote change, both on an individual and societal basis. One of the wonderful aspects of my involvement with Cambodia is that is seems …

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Writer-in-Residence: Term 2

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I am sitting in my office at SOAS for the first time since the start of the second term. Careful readers will remember that in October I started this new position at the University of London’s School for Oriental and …

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Poetry Fraud Revisited and The Question of Ambition

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My last post certainly struck a chord. I had loads of comments both here and on Facebook. I know it’s always hard to listen to what seems to be a good ole whinge, and people flocked to buck me up …

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Poetry Fraud

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I wasn’t at all sure I should write this post. A part of me thinks that it’s “unprofessional” to publicly announce your insecurities and weaknesses. But then again, this blog has become more than just a public professional face. This …

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Resolved

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Like everyone else this New Year’s morning, I’ve been drinking coffee and thinking about life. 2011 was one hell of a year. You don’t need me to tell you about the global upheaval it brought, month after month, from politics …

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