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“Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum

Earlier in the week, a tweet asking the above question made it into my Twitter timeline. This is not my question, hence the fact I have presented it in quotation marks. It was, based on the rules of punctuation, a question asked by BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Check this oot:  Continue reading ““Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum”

How To Be A Deranged Poetess

In case you missed the simple pleasure that was the #derangedpoetess hashtag kicking about on Twitter, I shall briefly summarise. Last week, a journalist called Oliver Thring wrote what can be read as a pretty sexist piece for the Sunday Times about poet Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S.Eliot prize. Some fellow female poets then tweeted to suggest the language he used was somewhat crass (this overview by Katy Evans-Bush details that line of thinking). Thring responded by saying he was being harangued by ‘deranged poetesses’. Continue reading “How To Be A Deranged Poetess”

The Book Blogger Files #6 – Jess Haigh (aka BookElfLeeds)

Me black and white smilingThis week The Book Blogger Files features Jess Haigh, who you may know from Twitter as @BookElfLeeds.  She’s not exclusively a book blogger, but she does know her books and bookish events, so I wanted to find out more about her site.  Here goes!

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We Could Be Heroes

Yesterday, Luath Press (an independent Scottish Publisher) asked Twitter for their best literary heroes.

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon

This is an update for those who followed my progress with the 28 Drawings Later Challenge in February, when I came up with promotional ideas for a play called East of the Sun, West of the Moon (which is coming to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August).

The company has had to change its name from Inglenook to Homespun, so sadly my wee teapot logo is now useless – but that is the only thing that has changed really.  The show is taking shape – it’s a family production with four actors playing all the parts and it is going to be in The Surgeon’s Hall 3rd – 25th August at 12.10 every day except Sunday.

I am telling you all this because I am the media contact, and it’s my job to go on about it at great length until you’ve all bought your tickets.  It also means one of my pictures – which regular readers saw here on the blog first – is officially in the Fringe Programme – how exciting!

I am in the process of getting the company onto all your favourite social media sites – we are on Twitter @HomespunUK and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HomespunTheatre so please follow and ‘like’ us if you can!

And now, a little animation I made:

Why I Write

Day 003 - Shame
J'accuse! © Marc-Andre Lariviere

A shocking guest post from The Rogue Verbumancer, who some of you may know as @Glempy from the twitter.

I shall endeavour to make a point.

I shall invariably fail.

Are we all sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin.

Before I go any further I’ve a confession to make: I am a horrible, horrible fraud. I offered to do a guest post here at 12 books and was ready to dive headlong into all manner of topics. But alas, I cannot. The guilt is just too much. You see, I’m not actually a writer.

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