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On Writing:

Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter

Adam Ford tracks down poets and asks them the most difficult of questions: 'Why do you write poetry?'

The Meditations: Kavita Bedford on 'The Most Northern Southern City'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging #35. This reflection comes from Kavita Bedford on her piece ‘The Most...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Why is this book so wonderful? Without dripping rhapsodic or going into the deep dark recesses of cold hard literary deconstruction, let’s just say that the book somehow slips...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Oh, the mixed-up, topsy turvy characters you meet in this endless succession of weird situations. How does our intrepid heroine overcome her series of trials? Mostly by virtue of...