Monthly Archives: June 2012

On not being a poet

I wrote this poem a long time ago, when I was even less confident about writing poems (I won’t say poetry) than I am now. Apologies to the friends (mainly poets) who have already seen it. I’m Not a Poet … Continue reading

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I submit

Well, I’ve been and gone and done it. I’ve submitted my novel – or at least part of it – to an agent. A writing friend of mine doesn’t like using the words ‘submit’ and ‘submission’ as they imply servility, … Continue reading

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‘Are you going to write about it?’

Not long ago the friend I was staying with had a domestic disaster. A beautiful chenille throw that – despite the label saying ‘hand wash only’ – she had put in the washing machine was busy shedding more red fluff … Continue reading

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Raising the Tone

In my school assembly hall there was a grand piano with a plaque on it that said: ‘Given in memory of Gustav Holst, who did so much to raise the tone of music in this school.’ * Of all the … Continue reading

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Grammar allowed

I have a confession to make. When I was at school, long ago in the distant past when such things were taught, I used to enjoy grammar. I liked finding out how language worked and seemed to get it intuitively, … Continue reading

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