Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why you can count on me?

Write is a verb. That means it is something we do and to me that implies it is something we can get better at, with practice. I’m going to leave the rather philosophical discussion about what, “better,” might mean for … Continue reading

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Naming Characters

In a creative writing class I read out a story I had written about a young man on his paper round who was asked by one of his customers if he would give her a hand to do some decorating … Continue reading

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

This is the first in a series tracing the development of the modern novel. The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest surviving example of literature. It is, as its name suggests, an epic story of a man named Gilgamesh … Continue reading

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Reading Perspective

Several years ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine about when a work of art exists. The example I used was a painting. Imagine that the artist is working on it one evening and stands back to … Continue reading

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Artisan Pencil Sharpening

A while ago I came across a video on the BBC website of a man sitting in a shop window carving wooden spoons. His name is Barn Carder, but he is widely known as Barn The Spoon. He spent some … Continue reading

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