Penelope

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Longlisted (12 out of 500+) in Spread the Word's life writing competition. We met at Goldsmith's University and read out our work. Mine was about my experience of anorexia. 

Swanwick

I’ve  just return from my fourth visit to Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. One of the many things that were brilliant was a series of four talks about life writing. The speaker advised us to avoid “throat-clearing”, by which he meant boring details about the weather or what the narrator was wearing. Neither subject is taboo: if the weather is integral to the action, as in King Lear and the blasted heath, then the writer should invoke it. Likewise, if the narrator is dressed as a clown and hereby hands a tale, that’s fine.  Among the examples of excellent writing he …Read more

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