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In the meantime, huge congratulations to James Robertson for winning The Saltire Society Book of the Year 2010 for ‘And the Land Lay Still’.  Once you have your book on an advert for iPad, you know you’ve made it! Continue reading Normal blogging will resume shortly

I name this pig …

I am not a competitive person even with myself. But if I was going to win a competition I would very much like to win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. What an excellent prize, what? I am sure the jeroboam will not be used to crack against the side of the pig during what is sure to be a naming ceremony like no other. I discovered a rather dog-eared collection of Wodehouse short stories  about 1,000 years ago when I was house sitting for friends.  This naturally led me to ferret out Jeeves and Wooster and the delightfully dotty Lord … Continue reading I name this pig …

I think we’ve been seeing too much of each other / It’s not me, it’s you

In his essay ‘What is an Author?’ Michael Foucault posits that the text always points to the figure of the author who as creator, both precedes and lurks outside the text. All well and good – especially if you are a grammarian detective.  But how can the text point to the author online when the reader can watch the writer in flagrante ? Matt Bell has recently finished a week-long writing experiment where he wrote and edited a story live online. Self anointed as the literary Jack Bauer, he took one paragraph, a piece of debris left over from a … Continue reading I think we’ve been seeing too much of each other / It’s not me, it’s you