One morning I woke up and knew that I wanted to run. But after getting dressed and having a quick look round the house, the desire was suddenly gone. I sat down in a chair and stared at the floor and waited for something to happen. After a while I began to cry. Slowly everything […]Read more "Photographs Rendered in Words"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week brings reading locations, musings on creativity, a sassy writer, english teachers, and a new lit mag. Oh and, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Enjoy. Where do you read? Lit Hub never fails to have excellent literary essays – this one […]Read more "Pixel Picks. XV"
Novellas and novels are quick and easy, and for me, only take a few days to get through. Sometimes I read so quickly I lose track, or I get to the last page before I’ve fully appreciated the nuances of the story, writing, characters. Being the slutty reader I am, if a book is under […]Read more "Tomes"
Every year, usually when the days begin to get shorter, the nights longer, and the cold gives me an excuse to stay inside, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Some years I will binge read them all within two weeks, surfacing dazed and drunk on words (when this happens I mope around for a […]Read more "Emotional Baggage: The Power of Re-reading"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week brings literary wardrobes, writing tips, dream lands, bad reviews, and bad sex. Enjoy. Bad Sex: The inaugural Bad Sex in Fiction Prize Nominee’s are here!! Here’s a taste from Men Like Air by Tom Connolly: “He watched her passport rise […]Read more "Pixel Picks.XIV"
“It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times” begins Ali Smith’s prophetic newest novel Autumn. A grave echo of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Smith’s musing holds no humor. A novel set in a post-Brexit world, and read during the fateful 2016 presidential election, Autumn is the first in […]Read more "Autumn: when politics permeate prose"
Moving to a new city (country! continent!) means you leave everything behind and have to begin again. It’s not just the the places and spaces that are new, but new people, routines, habits, traditions. And new book clubs. It’s no secret that I love books clubs – I am a self confessed book club slut. […]Read more "Book Club Slut: The Vegetarian"