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Haunted by Teen Spirits

Haunted by Teen Spirits

‘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’

Adrenalin Junkie: ‘The Trail Has Gone Cold’

Adrenalin Junkie: ‘The Trail Has Gone Cold’

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 – just after Ada had finished writing the book – more details about the life of this Polish undercover policeman have been revealed. Here, Ada shares some of the things he’s learnt.

Reflections on Writing Short Stories

Reflections on Writing Short Stories

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.

Mourning Charlie Gillett

Mourning Charlie Gillett

Former Route DJ and music writer Pedro ‘DJ Mestizo’ González mourns the passing of Charlie Gillett, a great populariser of the music of the world across Anglo-Saxon dominated airwaves.

When Quiet Was the New Loud Playlist

When Quiet Was the New Loud Playlist

A Spotify playlist curated by Tom Clayton to accompany his book When Quiet Was the New Loud. Also lists, and includes links to, the key albums featured in the book.

I Don’t Think Modernism is Dead

I Don’t Think Modernism is Dead

Michael Nath refutes the claim that Modernism is dead. ‘This has annoyed the literary reviewers and metropolitan columnists, who’re in the habit of making a fuss of certain big names, and don’t appreciate being told they’ve been cheering cows; but it happens to be true.’

Model Thinking – Naked City

Model Thinking – Naked City

A trio of the models featured in Naked City talk about what motivated them to get involved with the project and what they got out of the experience.

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