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Joelle Taylor has won the TS Eliot poetry prize for her look at butch lesbian counterculture in the 1990s, C+nto & Othered Poems, praised by judges as "a blazing book of rage and light".

Whats new: 10 January 2022 - What's new 10 January 2022
  • ‘If there is anything I believe to be foundational to the business of writing then it is this: writing is work. To frame it in this way is to acknowledge that good writing doesn't come out, fully formed, at two in the morning; and nor does it require anything extraordinary in the way of...
Link: Psychotherapy and fiction 10 January 2022

The pressures on all our mental health have never seemed greater, and every parent or carer, whether biological or adoptive, bears the additional burden of worrying about their children's wellbeing. Are they healthy? Are they safe? Are they happy? Although the challenges change with each stage...

I‘m writing this on January 1. It's exactly 50 years since I turned up at the side entrance of George G.Harrap & Co., at 182-184 High Holborn, London, WC2, on January 1, 1972, having been interviewed and accepted for the job of a "Young Scientific Assistant Editor." January 1 wouldn't become...

Most children enjoy stories about kids getting away from their parents, even the ones who are perfectly happy at home. The young Jim Grant was never very happy at home.

The latest set of accounts published at Companies House also show pretax profits increased to £14.4m, from £13.2m the year before. TRDSC's former directors Luke Kelly and Claire Wright said the performance "exceeded expectations" with revenue 13.2% ahead of budget.

I've kind of given up telling non-publishing people that I write for young adults. They nod knowingly and then say something dismissive like "isn't that just vampire romances?"

This leaves me with two options. Option one: bite them on the neck. Or option two: explain very politely that...

The theft of books occupies a complex place in our moral judgment, depending on motive. In Markus Zusak's 2005 novel The Book Thief, the actions of the title character are heroic - she steals books to save them from destruction.

Some writers won't read a word of any novel while they're writing their own. Not one word. They don't even want to see the cover of a novel. As they write, the world of fiction dies: no one has ever written, no one is writing, no one will ever write again.

I come from a family of teachers. Both my parents taught at Barnsley Girls' High School, which meant from an early age I was immersed in stories of school life: the scandals, the fights, the rivalries of any small community.

Conventional wisdom in the Western literary tradition holds that character determines plot. A protagonist possesses a fatal flaw that dashes his otherwise charming character and sets him on a path to slay the dragon, save the world, and get the girl - all while resolving the problem of this...

I know that writers often feel that the screen adaptation of their work is an inferior-sometimes even an embarrassing-take on the original. Writers say: I told myself that a novel and a film are two different things. Once you sign that contract with Hollywood, let it go. It's out of your hands...

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