I feel like there should be an end of the year post but I have such a lousy memory I can’t recall all the things I liked best. I listened to Nicki Minaj a lot and I have much love for her. “Did it on ’em” was a song that actually made me go “What […]Read More End of year thing
The comment thread on my previous post is bothersome to trawl through but there’s some interesting debate going on in there. Though I was exploring my use of personal experiences for fiction, and the role that autobiography has to play, it is me saying that I won’t write one of those “small African girl in […]Read More A little bit more & a link
I’m still chewing this over so blogging about it may be premature. The other night I mentioned to writing pals that I can’t help but write from my life. That’s usual I think, although people bury themselves in their words to a greater or lesser extent, so sometimes it is obviously a fictionalised account of […]Read More A really long blog post about fiction, autobiography, cultural tourism and such like
Two reviews of mine have just gone live at Pulp Net. Kuzhali Manickavel and Tania Hershman have written very different debut story collections, but I can whole heartedly recommend both, and its not often I can say that! I contributed a fake review to Jenn Ashworth’s collaboration with Tolu Ogunlesi. You can read the whole […]Read More Two real reviews, and one fake!
I have been fortunate enough to read stories by Kuzhali Manickavel, and they are consistently wonderful. She worked for a brief while in the online writing group that I am part of. I think she became frustrated by the lack of useful critiques she received. I told her that I couldn’t think of a single thing that would improve her […]Read More Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some Of Them Have Wings by Kuzhali Manickavel