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100 Women 100 Books

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The extremely creative and generous writers, Sarah Salway and Viccy Adams, spent the past year working on a project they call Spreadsheets and Moxie. Their aim was to consider what professionalism looks like for Creative Arts practitioners, with a particular focus on …

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Is It Fiction?

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It has been an intense month of writing. My last post discussed finishing the first draft of my new novel. Today, I can report that I have finished the third draft and am about to send the manuscript to a …

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Finishing the First Draft

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This has been a long time coming. Writing my fourth novel has taught me that no experience is completely repeatable, and although I have long understood that every novelist has her/his own process, my own process is a fluid one, …

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Writing About Politics

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Careful readers will note that I haven’t been on this blog lately. There’s always an excuse, but this time it’s a pretty good one. Since my last post, when I was running back-to-back meetings and workshops in Singapore, I’ve returned …

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Feeling Surreal in Cambodia

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It started with Songkran, the traditional celebration of Khmer New Year. Throwing caution to the wind, we put on our “New Year Shirts” (which looked a lot like Hawaiian shirts to us), piled into a tuk tuk with the Horizons …

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Khmer New Year

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This week is the run up to the Khmer New Year celebrations, which begins on Friday the 14th April and goes all weekend long. The date of the holiday is always the same, or nearly so, because it is based …

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Poetry and Politics

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The recent death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko has moved me to write down some thoughts I have been having lately about the intersection of poetry and politics, or actually, any creative writing in general and the present political situation the writer …

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Wat Kesararam

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To be honest, Siem Reap is a small town. Because it is the gateway to the Angkor Temples, it has many more than its fair share of excellent restaurants and hotels, but when you live here for a while, it …

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Teaching About Human Rights on International Women’s Day

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What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to go out into a countryside school and write poetry with a bunch of kids? One of Writing Through‘s partners, ODA, is an educational shelter for extremely disadvantaged kids in the …

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Just Like a Day at the Beach

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This was a big weekend in tourist town. First, there was the By Royal Invitation Only premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new film, First They Killed My Father. Surprisingly, we were not invited. Supposedly, this will soon be on general release throughout …

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