Category Archives: Creative Writing

On Prose Style: Simplicity Versus Sesquipedalianism

I like my prose thick and porridgy. I like to wade through it. I like it to stick to the inside of my brain. Anything too thin and I rapidly lose interest. I daresay Sarah Waters, for example, is an … Read More »

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“The computer is not working”: being let down by technology

I have always hated to rely on technology. Maybe it is because I grew up in a place where computers and electric devices never seemed to work properly, and repairs took ages to complete. Before you start making assumptions about … Read More »

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Two New MAs in Town: Creative Writing at Cambridge, Self-publishing at University of Central Lancashire

I note with interest the arrival of two new MAs in town. The first of these is Cambridge University’s first Master of Studies in Creative Writing, led by the biographer Dr. Sarah Burton. This part time programme began in October of … Read More »

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Tangles with the Self: What It Takes To Be a Writer (Part 2)

At his book launch in 2008, Will Self responded to a question about managing his time as both writer and media personality. Although his answer was brief, he talked about the writer’s need to adopt a ‘corporate culture of one’. … Read More »

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Tangles with the Self: What It Takes To Be a Writer

In 2008, I attended a talk by Will Self at the Edinburgh Festival, a launch event at which, as John Nicholson describes, he ‘ambles onto the stage, loping like a giant stick insect; all hooded eyes and gangling limbs.’ After … Read More »

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Gunpowder, Reason and Plot: Malcolm Bradbury and the Creative Writing Revolution

At the end of the 1960s, at about the same time many English departments were announcing The Death of the Author, Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson, both authors and both very much alive, huddled together at the back of an … Read More »

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Exploding Grandmothers and Other First Impressions

Today, in the supermarket, I hit a small girl square in the face. I didn’t, of course, but few would read this and fail to read on. It had, I surmise, a disorientating effect. It jolted you a little; it … Read More »

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