Monthly Archives: November 2012

Writers In Oxford

It was  Writers in Oxford’s 20th anniversary last week. William Horwood,  author of the Duncton Wood series, wrote to all the Society of Author’s members whose postcode was OX. I think there were three hundred of them. Three hundred published authors living … Continue reading

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Miracles and Ganesh

Do you remember, a few years ago, a story going round the world that statues of Ganesh were drinking milk? I even saw a really convincing news item in which a marble statue sucked up a whole cup of milk. … Continue reading

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Reading Groups and Pumpkin Soup

Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of Writers in Oxford. I’ve got to write a bit of background for WIO, so will put it on this blog tomorrow. But just to say, what bliss it is being able to talk to fellow … Continue reading

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Cobwebwalking and Harriet

Harriet is my first cousin. When I was a teenager and she a toddler I became her mother’s au pair for a while. They lived in London. I would take Harriet in her pram to Kensington Gardens, then hold her … Continue reading

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Whole Rye Sour Dough Bread

I teach creative writing and help people who are working on novels. I explain that there is an enormous amount of editing to be done after the first draft is finished. To illustrate this I counted the number of times I went back … Continue reading

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The Listening Project

Today at ten to one a conversation between me and my husband Ranjit is being aired on the Radio 4 Listening Project. Trevor Mostyn, my brother, recorded our conversation months ago and I had long since thought it had been … Continue reading

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Words

I have always longed to invent a word so rude that parents would tell their children ‘Wash your mouth out with soap.’ And ‘You’ll get a good smack if  I ever hear you say it again.’ I adore the thought that … Continue reading

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