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J. C. Conway on Science Fiction and studying the craft of writing

The blogsphere is literally exploding with talented writers and poets, very few of whom get the attention they deserve. INTERVIEWS will introduce you to a new generation of writers and thinkers. So watch this space, who knows what you’ll find . . . Science Fiction, fantasy and romance writer J. C. Conway talks about military … Continue reading

‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame

‘Really, Rat,’ said the Mole quite pettishly, ‘I think we’ve had enough of this folly. Who ever heard of a doormat telling anyone anything? They simply don’t do it. They are not that sort at all. Doormats know their place.’ The indelible outline of Rat, Mole, Toad and Badger is sketched so keenly on my … Continue reading

Ellis Nelson on her Buddhist influences and writing the Child Protagonist

The blogsphere is literally exploding with talented writers and poets, very few of whom get the attention they deserve. INTERVIEWS will introduce you to a new generation of writers and thinkers. So watch this space, who knows what you’ll find . . .  YA writer Ellis Nelson talks about writing for the younger reader, her buddhist influences … Continue reading

‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch

Prepare for magic, mayhem and the newest officer of Met. Ben Aaronvitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ follows probationary officer Peter Grant, who is saved from an impeding future as a desk-jockey for the London Metropolitan police, when he accidentally finds the only witness of a bloody murder in Covent Gardens. There’s one problem however. The witness … Continue reading

‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

The last time I encountered Salman Rushdie’s work it was in the form of ‘Midnight’s Children‘. I was immediately struck by his vivacity of language. Six hundred pages on however, I was decidedly less enthralled. Its textual aesthetics struggled to carry me over its sheer scale and by the time I reached the last page I … Continue reading

CHERYL MOORE on childhood in Iran and writing b*!ches

The blogsphere is literally exploding with talented writers and poets, very few of whom get the attention they deserve. INTERVIEWS will introduce you to a new generation of writers and thinkers. So watch this space, who knows what you’ll find . . .  Writer and illustrator Cheryl Moore talks about her childhood in Iran, her love of … Continue reading

‘The Passion of New Eve’ by Angela Carter

I know nothing. I am tabula erasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman’s shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am as mythic and monstrous as Mother herself; but I cannot bring myself … Continue reading

‘The Eyre Affair’ by Jasper Fforde

. . . the Toad News anchorwoman sombrely announced that a young surrealist had been killed – stabbed to death by a gang adhering to a radical school of French Impressionists. Forget everything you know. There is another 1985. Another England where the Crimea War never ended, questions of Shakespearean authorship can inspire gang warfare … Continue reading

‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl

From the first page of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ the narrator warns you: ‘this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES’. So begins the story of a boy from England and his adventures with the witches. In the very first chapter the boy’s parents die in a car crash and his grandmother … Continue reading

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