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Interview with Polly Paulusma

Although best known as one of the most original twentieth-century British writers, Angela Carter was also an accomplished folk singer and musician. For my latest interview, I talk with musician Polly Paulusma, who is currently researching the topic of Angela Carter and folk song for her PhD at the University of East Anglia. 2,773 more words

Angela Carter

BOOKS: Eleanor Morgan - Anxiety For Beginners

“In My Age of Anxiety, Stossel cites a quote by the author Angela Carter: ‘Anxiety is the beginning of conscience.’ I’ve thought about it a lot and I think she might be right.” 1,244 more words


When re-reading: Hope for the best, expect the worst

Wise Children was Angela Carter’s last book,  published the year before her death in 1992, and is the first of my “re-reading women” books.  Having only read it for the first time last month, I wondered whether having been through the journey would be as exhilarating the second time, particularly so soon afterwards. 820 more words

Fragment(s): Angela Carter on Science Fiction


I still have not reviewed one of my favorite novels (tied with Christopher Priest’s 1981 masterpiece The Affirmation) that I read in 2016: Angela Carter’s  1,150 more words

Science Fiction

How to Read a Fairytale

The fairytale is a strange sort of story. It belongs to everyone and it belongs to no one and there are rarely any fairies to be had for love, money or even a handful of magic beans. 341 more words


The Reader and the Story

‘The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.’

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Short story: In the Company of Wolves by Angela Carter, listened to on the Selected Shorts podcast, from April 2017. Highly Recommended.

Poem: The Library of T-Shirts by Joanne Burns, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from April 2017. 20 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge