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The Revolution Will Be Emotional

The Revolution Will Be Emotional

I’ve touched on gender issues in writing before but here’s a slightly different take on the same subject.  What if the gender imbalance at the top of the literary tree – the higher proportions of men in the high-kudos publications and on the prize shortlists – is because women are more emotional? A prickly subject. Even as I type it I can envisage women across this glorious web of electrons getting ready to beat me down with a rolling pin (and I use the domestic imagery not to bait anyone further, but in an attempt to soften the ground with…

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Success Story – Moonlight in Odessa

Success Story – Moonlight in Odessa

An interview with Janet Skeslien Charles In the Spring of 2008 I attended Janet Skeslien Charles’ writing course in the infamous Shakespeare & Co bookshop on the left bank in Paris. On the last evening of the 6 week course when we brought in snacks to share together with our writing, Janet was bursting with happiness, as her agent had received several strong offers for her debut novel Moonlight in Odessa. Eighteen months later it has been internationally acclaimed and published in ten languages (check out some of the covers here). It was one of Publishers Weekly top ten debut…

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