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Writing from the forgotten senses

For three days last week the wind blew the rain horizontally. It pelted against the window glass and the drops sounded like someone throwing sharp needles. Last week I’d given myself a writing challenge: to write somewhere different each day, … Continue reading

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Love the Details

Details should be more than a writer’s friend; details should be our lover. Get intimate, close up. Slow down. Examine him/her with intense and specific attentiveness. Details make the place in our writing real. Whether it’s travel, memoir, stories or … Continue reading

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Short Story Competition

  The Newcastle Short Story Award is now open to Australian residents. You’ve got until midnight on 31st January 2016 to polish up your best story under 2,000 words. The shortlisted stories from the inaugural competition in 2012, including one of mine, … Continue reading

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 Rue Jacob is just around the corner from where we’re staying in St German de Pres. Oscar Wilde died in a hotel there in 1900. A few days before he died he is quoted as saying, “This wallpaper and I … Continue reading

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A Busker

  As I walked over the bridge from Notre Dame to the Ile de la Cite in Paris a man came the other way pushing a piano on a trolley. He turned his piano upright and started to play Mozart.  I … Continue reading

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More Readings of Place

I can’t stop mulling over David Malouf’s idea about how we apply what we learned about dimensions and space in our earliest childhood to whatever else we go on to look at. When I think about my childhood home I … Continue reading

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What did we learn at a Writers’ Conference?

Originally posted on The Lazuli Portals:
Ron and I attended the inaugural New Writers’ Conference held by Literature Works, the literature development charity for South West England. It took place on Sunday 2 November, at Plymouth University. The Conference was…

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500 Characters

The swarming crowds on Miyajima Island don’t climb the hill behind Itsukushima Temple. Thankfully. They’re mesmerised by the temple itself which seems to float on water at high tide. From the boardwalks they have an amazing view of the famous … Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers – 6 June

Every Friday writers from around the world contribute 100 word stories prompted by a photograph supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields to Friday Fictioneers. I love constructive comments on my stories. My inspiration this week came from a Japanese 10th century folk … Continue reading

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Stories at The Mosh Pit a huge success!

Originally posted on Jessie Ansons:
At the quirkiest cafe in downtown Cardiff, a group of writers gathered to read their work… On Saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to MC a brilliant writers event in Newcastle, NSW. The day was…

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