Category Archives: criticism

Always Learning #edithardeditoften

There is, truly, no such thing as the perfect piece of writing. It can always be improved. Recently I wrote  short piece for Rachael’s Blog Battle which, by public vote, won. Part of the goody bag that came with the kudos was a … Continue reading

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Manchester By The Sea: a film review

I had a choice; this movie or La La Land. Now, because of some over active cultural snobbery I took a quick glance at the blurb for Manchester, realised it wasn’t set in the North of England but Massachusetts (so … Continue reading

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A follow up to a thought and a favour

Yesterday I posted on my current book and raised the issue of the cover. Interestingly while that generated comment (which I will come on to) so did a topic I didn’t raise specifically. The title God Bothering Why didn’t I raise … Continue reading

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First edition

I have mentioned my slow, even tortuous progress to publishing my book, Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. You can read the first three chapters here. Well, the story so far (ha!) is I think I’m nearly there. I have a … Continue reading

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Ton up

As I write this, this post has a fin de siècle feel to it. I posted my first blog post on 24th April, about Cornwall. It dealt with the Cornish language, using a foreign language in my writing (Polish – … Continue reading

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The Dulwich Critic

It’s been an interesting week, culture wise. I saw ‘The Hotel’ at the Shed, a performance space that has appeared at the National Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames; I finished a rather good book called ‘Fallout’, the … Continue reading

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Taking it on the chin – a guide to taking criticism

  When I was in the second form (what is now year 8 in English schools), my English master, Mr Doubleday*, asked us to start writing a book. That was the gist of his challenge though how he set it … Continue reading

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