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The Vampyre King- A short Story

The country is cold. A cold winter scene surrounded by the glow of a marmoreal sky illuminated by winter faeries. Of course they are not real, beauty doesn’t truly exist in this magical wasteland. 552 more words


Seven Pieces of Prose

A couple of these I think of a prose-poems, but we’ll talk about that when we get to them.

I wrote parts of this in Y5, after looking at the opening passages of ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas. 1,439 more words

Read: Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales

Angela Carter, English journalist and feminist, combines fairy tales from all around the world centered on the female protagonist- “be she clever, or brave, or good, or silly, or cruel, or sinister or awesomely unfortunate- she is center stage.. 146 more words


Christina Stead 3: I’m Dying Laughing - Amerika

i.     Restoration

In January 1950, settled temporarily in London, Stead wrote to Edith Anderson about Ruth McKenney, a popular comic novelist and one of Stead’s closest friends since the late Thirties, now the subject of the novel she had recently begun to sketch out about renegade American communists.  25,177 more words


Christina Stead 1: The Artist in a Totalitarian Age

i. “To write is to fight” – Stead’s arguing fiction

In the latter years of her life, having wandered for nearly half a century in Europe and America, and after her husband had died, and her ocean of stories had just about run dry, Christina Stead returned to live – and die – in her native Australia. 9,097 more words


Unsung Female Writers (Part Three)

When I ran the Unsung Female Writers’ lists parts one and two, JacquiWine contacted me and suggested I ask some male bloggers to share their suggestions. 1,223 more words


Wise Children - Angela Carter (1991)

Years ago, the only way you could tell us apart was by our perfume. She used Shalimar, me, Mitsouko.

The protagonists – twin sisters Nora and Dora Chance – use Guerlain Shalimar and Mitsouko, respectively.

Perfumes In Literature