Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Price of Development

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This is not an unusual story. Versions of it happen in every city, every area facing gentrification (as we call it in the West) or development (as it’s known in the 3rd world). Siem Reap is a major tourist destination. …

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My Gift from the Silk Worms

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Okay…you twisted my arm…… Lovely, eh?

Siem Reap Weekend

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Jam packed!Saturday morning I went to the Silk Farm. It is about 10 km outside Siem Reap city down National Road 6, which is also the road to the airport. I went by tuk tuk, which was wild. Imagine sitting …

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Young Adult House: An Important Initiative

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In my last post I mentioned this as a new addition to the Anjali House program. I am especially proud of them for doing this, because it really does show an unusual and crucial commitment to the ongoing development of these kids. …

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The First Day of School

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I’ve gone back to school, and a lot has happened since this time last year. Anjali House has had a paint job, a bit of a renovation which includes a library, new bathrooms for the kids, an office for the …

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A Writer’s Moment in Cambodia

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My first night sleeping in my guest house in Siem Reap was fine, for the first three hours. After that, jet lag set in and I was up looking at the clock every hour or so from then on. But …

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Kuala Lumpur: The Trip Begins

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My last post was called “Miles to Go Before I Sleep.” Well, I’ve gone miles — many thousands of them — but there hasn’t been much sleeping. The jet lag has been pretty intense. I’ve only been here in Kuala …

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Miles to go before I sleep

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Tomorrow I head off to Kuala Lumpur and then Cambodia. The 2012 tour begins. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I was in Asia, promoting A Clash of Innocents and setting up the writing workshop at Anjali House. …

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Waxing Poetic with Pindrop Poets

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Sarah Salway is one of my favourite writers. I love her novels. I love her poetry. I love her quirky photographic obsessions and idiosyncratic view of the world. Kiran Millwood Hargrave is less known to me, but still someone who’s …

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Taylor Mali and "What Teachers Make"

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I’m flying back after a quickie trip to the States to see my son at Uni, and my brain is too much of a mush to do much thinking. So I thought I’d let this clever fellow do the thinking …

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