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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in November 2006

Three Little Pigs

We were at the Friends of Fairfax House Concert last night, which is where my attention was drawn to this little ditty, from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, 1982. Try reading it aloud:   The animal I really dig, Above all others is the pig. Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever, Pigs are courteous. However, Now […]

The Page Turner – film review

This is a revenge and psychological thriller of the kind that has been made by Hollywood several times and it is instructional to note the ways that national film cultures differ in their approach to the subject.

Presque vu X

The Australian novelist, Patrick White, left behind a box full of papers which have been stored in the Australian National Library. Out of the boxes came extraordinary treasures: photographs of the young swell at Cambridge in the 1930s; precious letters saved from the thousands he’d received in a long lifetime; the old man’s beret and […]

The History Boys – a review

We were at The Lowry, Salford Quays, to see Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. This was one of the last performances on the road before the company settle into London’s Wyndham’s Theatre until the middle of April 2007. The school gives them an education. I give them the wherewithal to resist it. Examine a boy […]

Learning to Write IX

Seven myths about writing and writers: Learning to write is difficult, but many people make it more difficult than it is and get discouraged for the wrong reasons. It is not going to help if we fall into the trap of believing things about writing that aren’t true. 1. Real writers get it right the […]