Author Archives: waxings

Margaret Atwood: Plork and Awe

Guest post by Viv Langham (aka fan-girl) It is a full house. The audience murmurs in anticipation, gazing at the seats placed front and centre on stage. The hush when kick-off is announced is instant and reverent. We are here … Continue reading

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Riffing with Margaret Atwood and China Miéville

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Margaret Atwood is fiddling with China Miéville’s sleeve. It is already rolled above his elbow but Atwood is carefully adjusting it to sit a little better. “How nice,” says the friend beside me. “She’ll spit on … Continue reading

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Winner, ‘Intrigue’ Challenge

Congratulations to Gwen Angstrom, winner of the 500-word challenge with Through the Glass Darkly, an intriguing glimpse into the life of a shut-in. Gwen wins a copy of The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. “What’s this?” I hear you say. “Didn’t … Continue reading

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Norway: A Writer’s Dream?

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Want to be a writer? Move to Norway. Acclaimed crime novelist Jo Nesbø says Norway “is the best country in the world to be a writer” and from what he and fellow Norwegian, author and playwright Johan … Continue reading

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Me-Worms and They-Worms: The Hunt for Voice

By Tamara Hunter These pretzels are making me thirsty. These PRETZELS are making me THIRSTY. THESE PRETZELS ARE MAKING ME THIRSTY! Who knew pretzels could hold so many shades of meaning? As Elaine, George, Jerry and Kramer demonstrated in the … Continue reading

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Inua Ellams: ‘Musical and delicious to the ear’

By Kaitlyn Plyley Performance poetry is gradually finding its way out of the grunge-covered back rooms of dark pubs and catching the attention of wider audiences. One of the poets carrying this contemporary artform into the mainstream is Inua Ellams, … Continue reading

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Thrillers Make A Killing

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Crime fiction has invaded the zeitgeist. In books, movies, television, even music, crime is a dominant theme devoured by a public hungry for the dark and disturbing. The genre certainly punches with the heavyweights when it comes to readership, with … Continue reading

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Short Can Be Sweet

By Tamara Hunter Erica Jong once described the novel as being like a marriage, with the writer and reader in it for the long haul. Short stories, on the other hand, were like brief, passionate flings. And the poem? A … Continue reading

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How Much Sex Is Too Much?

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Imagine wearing a big placard around your neck: “Dud root”*. This is the image that comes to mind when I contemplate writing my first sex scene.  The idea of putting it all out there, describing the steamiest … Continue reading

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Careful or I’ll Put You In My Book

By Tamara Hunter There’s a great UK website specialising in gifts for writers and one of them is a t-shirt which says: ‘Careful or you’ll end up in my next novel’. You laugh and think “Ahh, writers” quickly followed by … Continue reading

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