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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in February 2008

Robert Frost Unplugged

The recordings of several lectures and a discussion with poet Robert Frost, which were left forgotten in the Dartmouth College Library in New Hampshire, will be published for the first time. The journal Literary Imagination has revealed it will publish a transcript of one the lectures and exchanges in its next edition. “It’s like Frost […]

There Will Be Blood

This film, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on a novel by Upton Sinclair, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was interminably long at 158 minutes. But if it had been cut down by half it still wouldn’t have amounted to much. It depicts an anarchic world ruled by mindless and gratuitous violence, greed and revenge. The […]


The house started shaking last night after we turned the lights out to sleep. A few minutes before 1.00am the furniture in the room, the bed and the windows began rattling. Apparently, the epicentre of the quake, which registered a magnitude of 5.4, was in Market Rasen, about 50 miles to the south of us. […]

York Literature Festival

I was at the National Railway Museum yesterday to formally launch the opening of the York Literature Festival. The festival runs from the 1st to the 15th March. Although not on the scale of Cheltenham or Edinburgh, there is a varied programme on offer, mainly involving local writers and readers, of whom there are many. […]

The Short-Sighted Super Hero

I was very shy as a kid – and still am. I was thinking about that just before you came in. As much as I’m confident playing rugby, when it comes to stuff like this (pointing to the recorder between us), I still find myself being particularly nervous. Before I open myself to people I […]