An eclection of insights into the nature of writing and being a writer. 

Letters longed for

Letters longed for

Vasily Grossman's translator, Robert Chandler, describes Grossman's letters to and from his mother, all written by himself, in a heart-rending response to the grief of losing her when she died in a ghetto,  Although I have come across letters written but not sent, or...

The magpie writer

The magpie writer

Guilty as charged - I had a sense of recognition when I read this.  Sometimes it feels less as if I have ideas for writing than that ideas accost me as I stroll about, catching my eye as a bright button might catch the magpie's eye.  I pick them up off the street,...

Poems for my family 012 – Thomas

Poems for my family 012 – Thomas

Listening time: under 4 minutes.  A poet describes the driving force of his art, not one of fame, trophies and applause, but rather the 'common wages' of the secrets, loves and griefs of ordinary people, who may not even know or care about the poems being written for...

Journal of joy

Journal of joy

A delightful definition of journals, by one of history's most assiduous journal writers.  A quote to share at the start of a new year, when our resolutions are new-minted and still lustrous.   A journal, a book that shall contain a record of all your joy, your...

All good publishers have a department of exceptions.

Gabriel Zaid – So Many Books

Pencil and paper

Steinbeck wrote with pencil on the ubiquitous American yellow pad. Computers and word-processing came too late for him, and so...

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