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I believe all actions of the imagination are ‘true’ actions—that all the places I’ve travelled in books or paintings or films I have, in some sense, truly traveled to. More


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What I'm Reading—Alex Lewis

Alex Lewis April 14

Flesch locates the human tendency to keep tabs on one another as the origin of storytelling: 'Fiction recruits this central capacity in human social cognition for taking pleasure in responding to the nonactual...' More


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This year, we are excited to announce that the Tournament is setting its sights on finding the very best in Australian crime fiction. More


Fantastic, someone mentioned my book Straight Jacket. I’m not quite as obscure as I thought.

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These are some of the books occupying me just now (apart from the purely academic), ... that have kept the bedside light burning beyond reason. More


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What I'm Reading—Geoff Campbell

Geoff Campbell March 31

I believe there is a likeness creatively within the arts and sciences. In my case it’s in maths and poetry. More


There’s a great article here about this very topic, April being National Poetry Month and Mathematics Awareness Month in the US.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/02/mathematical_poetry_month_let_s_make_it_happen_this_april.html

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What I'm Reading—Jessica Stanley

Jessica Stanley March 24

I plunged into Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold on audiobook. The cold, abstract, intellectual world was so opposite to mine: maternal, warm and cuddly. More


What a lovely visual piece of writing.

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A parable about masculinity? A warning about literary narcissism? Just a funny picture of a complicated crustacean? I’ve no idea, but Szirtes invites curiosity, and makes the words matter. More


An excellent, straight forward and lively article. I work with a group of high school poets who will seriously enjoy Szirtes, “Children of Albion” as it’s right on their themes and style. I’ll certainly buy “Langoustine” thanks for introducing...

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It's a fascinating list and as last year I'm finding it hard to pick an obvious winner. Who are you tipping to take the prize? Any surprising inclusions? Any shocking omissions? More


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I'm far from suggesting that poetry shouldn't 'change'—it is always changing, sometimes quietly, less often urgently and inventively. More


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What I'm Reading—Les Wicks

Les Wicks March 17

I’m led again to ponder men writing women and women writing men... it’s such a delight when a novelist or poet captures the opposite sex with three-dimensional clarity. More


Though his comment about Breath feels spot on to me, I disagree with Les Wicks about the boredom of men writing about men and women writing about women. These rules, though attractive, feel artificial to me. A good book is a good book, it can...

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