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‘Sing my song, dance my struggle.’

Performance as truth-telling in Andrea Hairston’s SFF Writing. Content Warning: at one point this paper uses historical terms as used by characters within the novel being discussed, that are now offensive. I have chosen to use them once to make … Continue reading

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Trigger

Just rewatched Trigger, the 2010 Bruce McDonald film about two former bandmates meeting up a decade after the band broke up. One now works in LA in TV, the other is still in Toronto working on new songs but without … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson 1994

I first interviewed Kim Stanley Robinson in 1994 around the publication of his landmark work Red Mars. This reprint may be of interest. Ten years ago, when Terry Carr’s Ace Specials series of first novels was launched the authors chosen … Continue reading

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Karen Joy Fowler: This Map IS The Territory

From the Attic IX: This Map IS The Territory originally published on the sfgateway blog. 19 November 2014 Rereading the stories of Karen Joy Fowler I am made aware of some things I already knew. That is not entirely the … Continue reading

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Patti Smith in Kendal 2007

In the summer of 2007 Kendal Brewery Arts Centre ran a Women’s Arts Festival featuring a host of great writers, artists and performers.  One of those was Patti Smith who turns 71 today.   On the Friday night she played the … Continue reading

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The Best Albums of 2017

Ok. Let’s start with a summary. 2017 has seen a lot of incredible new music across all genres.  I’ll say upfront picking a Top any number was a struggle. 10? That leaves out so many I want to list. 20? … Continue reading

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A Cumbrian Tale, some of which is true, told indirectly.

On a recent stormy night I stood beneath a tree in the Lancaster University Library and told a story.  Yes, there is a real tree living in the library.  And yes, we’d already heard about the library’s ghost, believed to … Continue reading

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