On Stronger In, the Brexit victory and what happens next…

The days have gone when the Labour Party were the party of the working people. I think this is the case now, given the huge numbers who voted for Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage's Leave campaign and who contributed towards their majority. I've read a variety of slogans and opinions on Facebook and …

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Winchester Writers’ Weekend: more than just words.

I was excited to be travelling to the Winchester Writers' Festival with two talented  writer friends. It was the first time I'd been to this festival and I was really looking forward to the workshops, the talks and meeting the agents. Given the horror stories I'd  heard beforehand of writers rushing out of their sessions …

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11 pictures of Pushkin the cat that tell us why we should vote ‘Remiaown’ in the referendum

Introducing Pushkin. Alexandra Pushkin or Alexandra Pushkin-Boots. Or sometimes Pyuuuuuuuuuushkin or Little Pushkin or Ditta Puuuushkin or Puskh. Or Puuuussshhhy. Or Ditta. As T. S. Eliot says in 'The Naming of Cats': 'a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES...' Eliot says that a cat's ... mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, …

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Beasts of no Nation: a novel about a boy and a gun

Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of no Nation is a brutal story about a boy who is forced to become a soldier. I read it in an hour and it has real impact. It's written in the present continuous tense, which  gives it a sense of immediacy and the voice of the character is omnipresent, youthful and naive,. His language …

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On the E.U. vote: wars, words and perceptions of truth.

The referendum vote on June 23rd is one of the most important political decisions in our lifetime and, I have to admit, at the beginning I didn't think the Leave campaign was likely to win. I spent some time in Europe last month and I had lunch with some French and Belgian people who told me they were …

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