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In Defence of Ignorance

I don’t regret going to university. Given the almost unbearably limited and provincial background I came from – and the fact that I was, let’s face it, never going to be a lumberjack – university was a necessary escape. My life would have been very different had I never boarded that train one morning early…
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The Glint of Light on Broken Glass

David says: “I have a notebook called, pretentiously no doubt, my ‘Commonplace Book.’ I took the title from E. M. Forster, the first writer – so far as I recall – whose book-length biography I read (the one by P. N. Furbank). Forster’s Commonplace Book was published, long after his death, by an American university…
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The Seven Writing Myths

This is a (slightly rewritten) version of a paper delivered by David Rain at the Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, on Saturday 29 June 2013.   The prolific English novelist, playwright and essayist J. B. Priestley published an excellent book about his literary career called Margin Released: A Writer’s Reminiscences and…
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This Side of Paradise

I always think it’s a bit odd when novelists liken the publication of novels to childbirth, but the naming of a book is one way in which the whole business is similar. The Heat of the Sun had many names while I was writing it, not all of which I can remember, but it was…
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