Tagged: Doris Lessing

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Breaking the Mould

Why follow the crowd? I don’t understand authors who insist on writing to formulae. Yes, there is a place for formulaic writing – for those who don’t want to concentrate. I remember as a...

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Green Eyes or Brown?

2% of people on this planet have green eyes. — Fact (@Fact) 2 March 2017 Seeing this Fact, I wondered how important it was for authors to specify their characters’ eye colour, so took...

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Feminisms

Feminism is a word that gets me cringing – it’s a label and one I don’t want to be boxed into. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really grateful for what the Suffragettes did –...

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Authors I turn to…

When trying to explain or describe aspects of social life and writing, there are a few authors I regularly turn to for assistance: not least because they’ve captured the essence of what I want...

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Why don’t we learn from literature?

Reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan” Nominally SF but actually a wonderful parody on our Capitalist world and its empty values. — Roy Clark (@ClarkMail) December 10, 2016 inspired this blog. It made...

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Black and white: crossing the colour line

Colour can be eye-catching and nothing more so than black and white next to each other. It reminds me of a South African DJ commenting that Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie...

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Promoting Equality

Women’s Day or rather Equality Day To be honest, I’m a little confused. Why do we still put so much emphasis on Women’s Day? I know all the arguments but something is not be...