Literary Sisters

The Next Big Thing: Linda Green

January 16, 2013

Last week I posted my response to the ‘Next Big Thing’ blog meme, which has been doing the rounds of writers recently.   This week it’s novelist Linda Green’s turn, and I’m delighted to be able to post Linda’s answers to the same questions here.  Over to you, Linda… Many thanks to Rachel Connor for […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with Anneliese Mackintosh

December 4, 2012

This week I’m delighted to welcome writer Anneliese Mackintosh to the blog.   Anneliese is a woman of many talents – a performer and writer of short fiction, novels and drama, as well as working as an editor and a teacher of creative writing.  Most recently, she took part in a tour in a hand-painted bus organised […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with Alison Taft

November 16, 2012

To celebrate the launch of Alison Taft’s second novel, I Know Why Your Mother’s Crazy, I thought I’d have a chat with her this week.  I met Alison a few months ago at a library event and then again, a few weeks later, when we shared the stage at a readers’ afternoon as part of […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with Cathi Unsworth

November 1, 2012

If you’re a writer, it’s always good to have passion.  Today’s guest on the blog, Cathi Unsworth  – writer of crime, queen of noir, and generally funky (and lovely) lady – has it in spades.  Hers is for music, a passion which landed her a job on the iconic music mag Sounds at the age of […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with A J Ashworth

September 20, 2012

This week it’s a pleasure to bring you an interview with A. J. (Andrea) Ashworth, short story writer and wordsmith extraordinaire.  I first met Andrea when she came on an Arvon course at Lumb Bank in 2010, which I was hosting, and warmed to her because she said lots of nice things about the food […]

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Literary Sisters: Lorraine Hansberry

September 13, 2012

Lorraine Hansberry 1930-1964 Biography and background In her brief life, Lorraine Hansberry made a huge impact on the American and world theatre.  Born in Chicago into a middle class, educated family, the story goes that when her parents came to register her birth, they crossed out the printed ‘Negro’ and hand-wrote the word ‘Black.’  Fervent […]

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Literary Sisters: Author interview with Kate Long

September 6, 2012

One of the aims of the ‘Literary Sisters’ series is to celebrate the work of some brilliant women writers out there.  So it’s a delight to feature Kate Long here this week.  I’m a big fan of Kate’s work.  Her characters are wonderfully believable, flesh and blood people.  She explores the complex dynamics of family […]

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Literary Sisters: Carson McCullers

August 30, 2012

Carson McCullers 1917-1967 Biography and background Precocious and gifted, Carson McCullers started her writing career at fifteen, in the same year she fell ill with rheumatic fever.  Illness was to be a constant feature of her life; she began having strokes and by the age of 31 was entirely paralysed on her left side.  Despite […]

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Literary Sisters: H.D.

August 23, 2012

This is the first post in the Literary Sisters series.  I had to start with a writer who is close to my heart – the subject of my PhD thesis and of my book H.D. and the image.   But the list is growing longer as people email and tweet me with suggestions for women […]

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Literary Sisters (and wives)

August 15, 2012

At sixteen I fell in love with Virginia Woolf. I can’t say it was love at first sight. It took me a while to work her out – I found her difficult, obtuse and complicated. But once I understood where she was coming from, I was infatuated.  Mrs Dalloway is still pretty much my ‘desert […]

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