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‘HAVE you ever wondered what it would be like to go back to your teenage years? To your first love? Close friends? Not just as an idle thought, but to really immerse yourself in those years, actually talk to those people and see whether their memories match yours?’
Janet Watson writes about revisiting her youth in researching her memoir ‘Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge’
When Ada Wilson wrote Red Army Faction Blues, there were many things he knew about his protagonist Peter Urbach and many things he had to speculate on. It turns out he wasn’t that far off. Since Peter Urbach’s death in May 2011 â€“ just after Ada had finished writing the book â€“ more details about the life of this Polish undercover policeman have been revealed. Here, Ada shares some of the things he’s learnt.
Photos from the launch event for Rites by Sophie Coulombeau. Waterstones, York, 16 June 2012.
Photos from the launch of Everything Now at Waterstones, Sheffield, 20 June 2012.
When Ann Wright was recently asked to translate a book by Argentine painter Ciro Bustos dealing with some of the events surrounding Che Guevaraâ€™s guerrilla movement in Bolivia she persuaded herself that she needed to research the vegetation, terrain, topography in order to describe it better in the book. It was a place she’d long wanted to visit. Here is an account of her trip.
A paper by M Y Alam on identity politics within the short story. The paper takes a look at what lies behind the production of short stories, from both a writer’s and an academic standpoint. To support this, he offers an insight to ‘Getting laced’, his first short story, written as homework for English class at school.
The paper was presented at the 11th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Toronto June 2010.
Ann Wright is in Jerusalem, where she was sent by the Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) to participate in the World Council of Churchesâ€™ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). She is writing a journal of what she witnesses and these are posted here.
Former Route DJ and music writer Pedro â€˜DJ Mestizoâ€™ GonzÃ¡lez mourns the passing of Charlie Gillett, a great populariser of the music of the world across Anglo-Saxon dominated airwaves.
John Siddique on how fiction merged with fact can re-create and allow love to exist where previously he had been told there hadn’t been any.
Ray French on the difficulties in writing about his father and daughter for Four Fathers.