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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in January 2007

The Queen

The Queen – Pablo Neruda   I have named you queen. There are taller ones than you, taller. There are purer ones than you, purer. There are lovelier than you, lovelier.   But you are the queen.   When you go through the streets no one recognizes you. No one sees your crystal crown, no […]

Science and Reason

Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages: That trend toward enlightenment has indeed continued in Europe and Britain. It just has not continued in the U.S., and not in the Islamic world. We’re seeing a rather unholy alliance between the burgeoning […]

Double Take

York Literature Festival – Friday 9th March Double Take – leading York writers in conversation. Mike Kenny, called “one of the 10 leading playwrights in the UK” by The Independent, has written more than 60 plays, including more than 40 works for children and young people and many for special needs audiences and actors. He […]


The paperback of John Barlow’s novel, Intoxicated, is published today. He’s put together a forty-five second video to help his publisher’s marketing department. The novel, set in Yorkshire, is about cocaine, madness and soft drinks in the late 19th century.

Learning to Write XX

How do you know if, instead of creating a rounded character or a personified trait, you have inadvertently created a caricature? A caricature is someone who can have no other existence except within the special atmosphere of the story. So what you must do is take this figure and try transferring him or her out […]