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The Allophone Writer

The Allophone Writer

I was in my third year at high school when my Galician Literature teacher gave us a lecture on allophone poets – that is, those non-native speakers who had written poetry in Galician, including a couple of internationally known names such as Federico García Lorca. I remember thinking at the time that writing literature in […]

December 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Settling Earth: Emigration to New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century

The Settling Earth: Emigration to New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century

Imagine packing a trunk, probably a box no higher than your knees. In it you place clothes to see you through your journey and beyond. You squeeze in sewing equipment, a few books, photographs or miniatures – all mementos of a home that you are about to leave, possibly forever. Perhaps you are able to […]

December 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Beryl Kingston is an 83 year old author, currently writing her 25th novel. She tells us what happened when she decided to share her truth. Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil… Well yes, but be careful. There are some pretty tricky devils out there, as I know rather too well and they can do […]

December 7, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
What I Learned from my Writing Retreat

What I Learned from my Writing Retreat

Facing my empty nest and a ticking clock, I finally decided to plunge into the writing life. Writing more seemed too obvious so I searched for conferences or classes. I came across a “retreat” offered by the author of a bestselling memoir I’d recently read. Though I hadn’t done anything like this before, I was […]

December 3, 2014 | By | 30 Replies More
From Homeshopping Diva to Writer

From Homeshopping Diva to Writer

Millions of viewers have seen Meg Flather on QVC, USA and on The Shopping Channel of Canada as a brand ambassador and skin wellness expert. But in her new book, Home Shopping Diva: Lessons, Lyrics, and Lipstick, we learn that there is much more to her story. I am the writer who did not know […]

December 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Negotiating the Swamp: When Am I a “Writer?”

Negotiating the Swamp: When Am I a “Writer?”

In this world of the gainfully employed, the corporates who climb ladders and meet glass ceilings, and the professions that mean something because of the degree certificates it took to acquire them, swimming in this swamp is the full-time writer.I only appreciated the gravity of this title when I tried to fill in an application […]

November 29, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
The Importance of Diversity in YA Fiction

The Importance of Diversity in YA Fiction

In the three years since I started writing my novel, a lot has changed. The issue of diversity in fiction has come to the forefront and it seems that it is here to stay. A few years ago I was looking for a book for my daughter who had become very interested in mythology thanks […]

November 26, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing about Mental Health

Writing about Mental Health

What is mental health? How do we talk about it? Who does it effect? Questions that when arisen bring a mixture of emotions. Mental Health in today’s society brings up a multitude of opinions when just mentioning the word. It is a topic, which creates boundaries in many individuals, and often many things you say […]

November 15, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
When a “spicy” Indian storyteller goes looking for inspiration…

When a “spicy” Indian storyteller goes looking for inspiration…

Earlier this year, my writer friend, Leah Zibulsky, invited me to one of her creative nonfiction readings on the lower east side. There were four, smart, sassy storytellers presenting that evening. As I heard Leah and her comrades share their dating stories at Dixon Place in NYC, I whispered to the woman on my left, […]

November 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Recovering from Depression: My Writing Journey

Recovering from Depression: My Writing Journey

Two years ago almost to the date I told my mother that I wanted to kill myself. That I cried every day and that I needed help. I was twenty-seven, a year out of university and working as a EFL and Business English teacher in various companies around town. I never quite earned enough money […]

November 10, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More