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The illusion of realism

There was a time when painting from photos was radical, or denounced as cheating. Now it’s taken for granted, while styles like expressionism are out of fashion. It’s as if the ubiquity of the photographic image, fuelled by digital media, … 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Anyone in the business of handling unpublished manuscripts – assessors, slush-pile cullers, judges, editors – would agree that reading will make you a better writer.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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Fiction & the illusion of a self

In his recent article ‘ Do We Need Stories?’ author Tim Parks writes: We would like the self to exist perhaps, but does it really? What is it? The need to surround it with a lexical clutter of reinforcing terms—identity, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 2

My first brush with postmodernism, in the mid eighties at art school, scarred me; scared me off further tertiary studies. How could any commentary redeem mediocre technique? Didn’t making art require hand–eye coordination? These conceptual artists invested more craft in … Continue reading

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