Recent posts – Page 145

  • Reality Bites

    There’s been lots of talk about reality at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Christos Tsiolkas, best-selling Australian author of The Slap , criticised a collection of European short stories he’d been given, calling them ‘dry and academic’ and complaining that ‘They don’t talk...

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  • Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty

    Reading Billy Letford’s blog entry about roof poetry made me think of the well-known phrase about practicing random kindnesses and senseless acts of beauty. I Googled it and found out from Wikipedia that, “The phrase… may have been coined by peace activist Anne Herbert. Herbert says she wrote it on...

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  • A Wi-fi Connection of One's Own

    It amazes me that despite living in this flat for over ten years I have just had my first drink in the pub downstairs. It was always too full of karaoke and noisy TV football for me. But it has reopened in an altogether more pleasant incarnation – with armchairs and an air of calm. As I sank into...

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  • West Dean gardens

    Writers, Retreat!

    What does one do on a writing retreat? Quite a lot, as Kirsty Logan recently discovered.

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  • Let's Talk About Sex

    A couple of months ago Adrian Searle, the editor of Gutter magazine, asked me to take part in an event called McSex , which Gutter is presenting as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s ‘Unbound’ strand. I and several other writers will read something sensual, lustful or downright...

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  • My First Ever Book Signing

    I spent last night curled up in the big chair in the window, reading The Year of Open Doors . I wanted to take all of it in in one gulp, all these different Scotlands around my head. The Year of Open Doors is a short story collection, put together by the author Rodge Glass and published by Cargo, a...

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