A L Kennedy – what good writing is

Listening to "The Verb" BBC Podcast (episode 3 Feb 2018) on writing, yesterday, on a bus, I was astonished and captivated by comments on writing, by A L Kennedy:   What a writer should write: "From the writer's point of view, if you're not saying what it's burningly necessary for you to say, absolutely to …

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Another incentive to Write That Book

If you're aiming to dive into writing That Novel in November - here's yet another incentive: a £10,000 prize for previously unpublished writer: the Deborah Roger's Foundation. Deborah was a literary agent, and so this prize continues her life work of supporting new, emerging writers.  The entry level isn't too strict about not having published …

Poet as job

So - you like writing poetry - but how can you make it into more like a paying job? Here's a short article by Anthony Anaxagorou.  It describes how he gradually moved from a shy 27 year old writer who printed his poems and made Youtube clips of himself reading his poems..... gradual interest led …

Authors’ Photos

Don't judge a book by its front cover, right - but what about the photo of the author on the back? Electric literature website offers picture/summary/author photos in a giant table. Challenge: Look through the list until you've counted 7 people you'd genuinely be happy to meet in daylight in a public place for a …