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On Repeat: N M Browne

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I am really bored of the sound of my own voice. Not just my writing voice, which I’ve barely exercised recently, more my actual physical chatting into a camera voice. The new term is coming up and my face to face course on ‘writing for children’ has been put online. I’ve been asked to record a series of ten lectures for online delivery: it is so much harder than I’d expected.    I don’t mind imagining an audience – I’m a writer after all and I can imagine most things – a chamber full of orcs, a classroom buzzing with sentient story telling bees, even a diverse group of adults peering into their screens from anywhere in the world (which is actually what is supposed to happen.) In my mind these virtual students, even the orcs, are attentive and impressed. We will see what happens when my fantasies come up against reality in due course.
    I hope these imaginary students are less bored by my voice than I am, but then they only have to listen to me once. I have had to record each lecture …

What Is Writing For -- a Guest Post by Jan Needle

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Time-Travelling Through Our Own Lives -- Andrew Crofts

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I recently met a young man of about thirty and only after talking to him for a while, did I discover that over forty years ago, I had interviewed his great grandmother, who had been a showgirl for Charles B. Cochran in the nineteen twenties.At the time of the interview I guess I was in my twenties and she seemed to me like a visitor from a bygone age. She received me in her crumbling Kensington townhouse, dressed in the only “tea gown” that I have ever come across actually being worn for afternoon tea; an extremely lacey confection in my memory.The young man had never met the lady himself, merely being aware of her from family legends, and I was struck by how closely linked we all are to history, particularly as we grow older ourselves.I received another phone call this week from an author who has been commissioned to write a definitive biography of a recently deceased television performer/household name. He had come across my name because, on the first page of his subject’s cuttings …

When You Tell A Lie, Make It A Big One -- Susan Price

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