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The Responsible Reader: The Mirror & the Light

Guest Blogger Hilary Mantel Natalie Conyer

by Natalie Conyer How soon before you’re allowed to give up on a book?I’m reading Hilary Mantel’s latest, The Mirror and the Light. It’s the third in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy and I loved the first two so much I pre-ordered this one, probably before she finished writing it.But. At nearly a thousand pages, it’s a big read. And it’s detailed. Oh, so detailed. It’s got a cast of thousands, many of whom have titles different from their names. So I keep having to go back to the five-page list of characters to check. And do I really need to...

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Written Warning… (writing prompts)

Atlin Merrick Writing Prompts

Just so you know, we'll be here. Every single week. With a prompt. If you need it. We'll be publishing writing prompts each week to inspire a bit of writing. We hope that voices raise themselves in the comments and all of us get to be delighted by tiny tales, delicious wee stories inspired from that week's prompts. And so… From last week's Is anyone there? "The x-ray, it’s of me…I think I’m changing inside. I think I’m about to…bloom? I’m not afraid." * "I feel like I have been wandering empty corridors for weeks now. Everything looks the same....

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Is Anyone There?… (Writing Prompts)

Atlin Merrick Writing Prompts

Reminder of what's up since most of us have had other things on our minds: Every week Clan Destine's going to try to get inside your head. Get in there and help you write. We're going to prompt you with a phrase, a couple words, some colours and a weird image and then we're hoping you take it from there. And so… Is anyone there? Do those words bring to mind the echoes of an old and empty house? A sterile space station, white, pristine, and silent? Who's saying it? Or are they? Is it a dream? Are they human?...

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Ignore at Your (Possible) Peril — Women Crime Writers and Readers

Guest Blogger Carmel Shute Diversity Women Crime Writers

"The last time I looked over 90% of book club members were women," said Carmel Shute in a talk last December. Shute, co-convenor of Sisters in Crime, went on share a few other stats: "Women comprise around two-thirds of published authors and buy around three-quarters of the books sold."In preparing this talk, I naturally consulted the [Sisters in Crime] and had a big response. Sulari Gentill, the author of 10 Roland Sinclair historical mysteries amongst other things, was born in Sri Lanka, learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the...

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When They Found It… (Writing Prompts)

Atlin Merrick Writing Prompts

So here's the Monday deal: We're going to get inside your head. Yes, you heard that right, we want to get in there and help you write. Sometimes you need to look out of the corner of your eye and see the world through someone else's peepers, sometimes you need to be inspired, prompted, encouraged. So that's what we're gonna do every Monday with what you see below:   We're calling them writing prompts and they're here to get your writerly engine revving, they're here to make you squint, stare into the distance, and then go, "Oh hey, that makes...

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