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Pamela Johnson
Interests: When not writing, reading, or teaching Pam is likely to be talking with friends and family, walking or gardening. In London she’s also often out to the theatre, an art gallery, a concert or a literary event. When in Aldeburgh she walks on the beach in all weathers.
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Ive assumed it is Lara Crippa, as credited in the post.
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May 17, 2013
Glad you enjoyed. I saw a review of Jonah Lehrer's book in The New Scientist... it's out later this month...looks good.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2012 on Don't be fooled ... at Words Unlimited
Well, that's interesting ... the way we choose to reveal our lives and the way we work seems always to be changing.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2012 on Ashley Dartnell at Words Unlimited
Yes, and Hockney has so much to say about process in art that makes sense in terms of writing
Thanks! Glad you like it!
Kellie, thanks for this. I seem to be having an extended holiday from WU, nose buried deep in the new novel I'm working on ... Yes, which books to keep, which to pass on? I've just got a Kindle which solves the problem in part but now I think: do I want the physical book or the kindle edition?
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2011 on Quote of The Week No. 16 at Words Unlimited
Yes, Mavis - that rush to publish the first collection is to be avoided. It's a tough one though, I think many poets send out a manuscript too early. It's a hard one to judge.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2011 on Anne-Marie Fyfe at Words Unlimited
Your last point is well made - commercial pressure - certainly with UK publishers. Let's hope the success of the likes of Strout, Vann and Egan will make them think they're missing a trick! Thanks for reminding me to check out Jennifer Egan. I'm still catching up after my trip to the States, but I found an interview with her on Radio 4's Open Book, she says interesting things about writing, I plucked a quote from that and have just posted it as the new quote of the week from Egan. The link to the interview should still be live. Are some writers better in the short form? I'm not sure that has to be so. I'm thoroughly enjoying Colm Toibin's new collection, The Empty Family, each one seems to pack a novel in a few pages, and yet he's had most success with novels.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2011 on Book of The Month – March at Words Unlimited
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll look out for the Jennifer Egan. I think this form is really interesting. Been thinking about it a lot since reading David Shield's 'Reality Hunger' - his challenge to novelists - too in thrall to 'plot'. Both Elizabeth strout and, by the sounds of it, Jennifer Egan, are exploring parts of the whole, perhaps with more 'authenticity' so that the cumulative whole feels more rich. Is dramatic story form more convincing over the short form than the longer form of the novel, in terms of the reader feeling in the presence of a lived life rather than a cardboard cut-out? Life is messy and episodically dramatic. Perhaps we readers engage quickly with intensely and authentically rendered incidents and don't mind filling in gaps between? So linked short stories feel more a reflection of the lived life than the novel? I'm still thinking about this, what do you think?
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2011 on Book of The Month – March at Words Unlimited
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Mar 15, 2010
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