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Prose & cons of outsider status as a writer

The art world has a name for work produced outside the mainstream by untrained creators who conform to marginal norms (e.g. eccentric recluses, criminals, schizophrenics and visionaries). And, like most else under capitalism, Outsider Art has become an industry. You … Continue reading

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Writing from the margins

In his primer Astrologik (Vertical Pool, 1999), underground filmmaker and overall maverick Antero Alli argues against legitimising astrology. But not for the reasons you might expect. Astrology happens to be his profession. So it’s his peers who want to look … Continue reading

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Does reading make you a better person?

Anyone in the business of handling unpublished manuscripts – assessors, slush-pile cullers, judges, editors – would agree that reading will make you a better writer. Not just reading for pleasure or to kill time, though, but critically, analytically: keeping an … Continue reading

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Hairy Tales

Ever since I first read The Bloody Chamber (1979), Angela Carter’s influential collection of repurposed fairytales, I’ve been alert to the genre’s potential for subversion. Those old tales that had most deeply impressed a much younger me transmit grim messages … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 7

Six subjects down, two to go; the end was in sight. And with the penultimate ‘Writing Seminar’ behind me, I’d be free to focus exclusively on my own project, with a supervisor. Meanwhile, this class would confront me with the … Continue reading

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Scepticism as article of faith

Individualism is a dirty word in the social network to which I’ve had access (at least in theory) since having done postgrad studies. Because, in general, this network is nothing if not politically correct. And to be PC in this … Continue reading

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