On the doorstep she was like someone selling god: black dress, white lace collar, brogues, a large leather bag tilting her hips to the side. ‘Hi, it’s me, Delphina,’ she said, reaching to shake my hand. I thought she’d be older but she was in her twenties, mixed-race, with lemony green eyes and a glow of moisture on … Continue reading This is Lola
Endometriosis is unpredictable and capricious…a destroyer of careers, families and relationships, and it is worth more money and research effort - not only for what we would learn about the disease itself, but for the light that would be shed on infertility, immunology, and the connection between illness and psychological states,” says endometriosis sufferer Hilary … Continue reading Endometriosis – the monstrous shadow
Sept 2014 - this is a piece recently published on the journalism website Contributoria. "When you mention the word pornography most people think you’re talking about a Playboy centrefold. They have no idea of the kind of material out on the internet today that kids as young as six can look at for free. This … Continue reading Porn, a bad education – making hate, not love in the digital age
Just finished reading the first part of Karl Ove’s Knausgaard’s cycle of six novels detailing his life. My Struggle merges autobiographical past and present in a sometimes dizzying amount of Proustian detail, mainly focusing on the author’s alienated boyhood and young adult life as well as his strained relationship with his alcoholic father. What is … Continue reading A book review… ‘Death, the last great beyond…’ Karl Ove Knausgaard’s, ‘My struggle’ (Book One)
(These are pretty useful for any writer, although not to be taken as absolutes, rules are of course meant to be broken...WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle (Published: July 16, 2001) These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, … Continue reading Writers’ tips from Elmore Leonard.
I grew up with little pornography in my life. Nothing but a couple of ridiculous erotic novels and the occasional passing glance at a VHS when I was a teenager. Mostly I used my own thoughts and imaginings. That’s all gone now. With the mass of sexually explicit content on the internet, I can’t see … Continue reading Porn: destroyer of the sexual imagination. (First person piece on how pornography contaminates human sexuality).