Month: July 2018

Writing musings

Writing groups – good company, but do they help you write?

It depends on the group, unsurprisingly. A writing group which meets regularly merely to listen, praise and reassure might be good for your ego but won’t do much for your writing. On the other hand, a group of writers overly-focused on one particular type of writing, or purely on avenues to publication might give you …

Reviews

The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury

    This is a book that reminds you that the ordinary is extraordinary, that small lives are the same size as any other life and that tragedy and comedy are very close relatives. The End of Vandalism is a novel about ordinary people doing ordinary things – what marks it out is not its …

Reviews, Writing musings

Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, and why form matters

    This strange, wonderful and ultimately frustrating book from 2018 Man Booker International Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has got me thinking about the importance of form. First published in 2007 in Polish, and only translated into English last year (and beautifully translated at that, by Jennifer Croft) the book is filled with memorable lines …