Books, Poetry, Reviews, Writing

The importance of rewriting & editing: for T.S. Eliot and other writers, too

A few years ago I received this beautiful and rather amazing book as a gift. It's called The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound. Just like the title indicates, the book chronicles the making of T.S. Eliot's famous poem The Waste Land in astonishing detail, with images of… Continue reading The importance of rewriting & editing: for T.S. Eliot and other writers, too

Books, Reviews

My favourite books to read again and again and again

I love it when I read a new book that pulls me in and doesn't let go. It happened to me when I first read Bernard Cornwell's books about King Arthur: The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excalibur. (They're a truly original take on Merlin, magic, Lancelot and all that jazz. A book that… Continue reading My favourite books to read again and again and again

Books, Reviews, Writing

Writers & books that shaped me

I was watching an old interview with Ursula Le Guin on YouTube today, from around the time when her book "The Lathe Of Heaven" was adapted into a movie for PBS. It made me think of how much her writing affected me, both as a reader and a writer when I was in my teens.… Continue reading Writers & books that shaped me