Writers & Company

Logan Mountstuart, protagonist in Any Human Heart by William Boyd, is a writer who had this to say of  a chance meeting with a fellow writer:

He inspired me. I’m always inspired after meeting another writer. And I realise we have our own secret brotherhood, even if it just comes down to sympathising with others’ moans and complaints.

That struck a chord with me because I too have my own secret sisterhood of writers who sympathise with my moans and complaints. And hearing it (I’m listening to Any Human Heart on audio) galvanised me to attend a  recent Loose Muse evening in Winchester.  These evenings, organised by poet Sue Wrinch, feature guest authors and an open mic session.

I hadn’t attended  for awhile because of the solo drive in the dark to Winchester. But as I rediscovered last Monday, it’s worth the drive. I had the pleasure of hearing poet Jill Abrams read a selection of her poems,including the incredibly  moving My Girl, which you can read here. Then novelist Claire Fuller read from her latest novel, Swimming Lessons.

Interspersed with these were readings by those brave enough for the open mic. We heard mostly poems, some memoir and a bit of fiction. And like Logan Mountstuart, I was inspired by my fellow writers. So much so that I’m going to brave the open mic next time. Eeep!

So tell me, what inspires you?

 

 

 

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A Few Good Things

It’s getting so I’m afraid to hear the morning news. Is it me or was January 2017 particularly grim? But it’s the first day of a shiny new month. It’s past noon and  I haven’t heard any bad news yet. Maybe because I haven’t turned on the radio? Here’s what’s helping me cope:

Audiobooks – I finished On Beauty by Zadie Smith last week. It was a joy. Yesterday I started Any Human Heart by William Boyd. So far, so fantastic.

Books – I’m about a third into Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. It feels like ages since I’ve read such a zingy, humourous book. I highly recommend it.

My Library Card – which enabled me to get On Beauty, Any Human Heart and Today Will Be Different.

Prizes – Who doesn’t like winning a random prize? I won a guide to small and independent publishers (book and magazine) from Mslexia Magazine last week. A quick flick through it has inspired me to get submitting again.

Publication – I’m thrilled to already have two short stories accepted for publication in 2017, one will be out later this month, the other in April. (more details soon.)

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What gets you through? Tell me something good. Please.