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Review: "Moss Witch and other stories" Sara Maitland (Comma Press, 2013)

Not simply because it’s been a miserably long time since I last posted here but because of the subject to hand, talking about Sara Maitland’s fusions of science and fiction is truly a long-overdue pleasure. 1,153 more words

Dinesh Allirajah

Café Shorts: Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"

“Would you please please please please please please please stop
talking?”

I’m going to take heed of what she asks here in the sense that I will attempt to talk about…

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Dinesh Allirajah

What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?

Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) makes a valid point. Humour can be highly personal, unpredictable and idiosyncratic. It might, as Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) assures Tommy, come down to “just…you know, how you tell the story.” … 491 more words

Dinesh Allirajah

What Do You Want To Know?

I know little about cars. Until I learned to drive in my mid-30s, I knew even less than that.

This week, my lack of knowledge proved costly and, while it’s safe to say that the little I knew about cars has now increased, I regret that the lesson was so expensive. 985 more words

Dinesh Allirajah

Real Time Reads: "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs

It’s been marking season, blending into the new teaching semester at the various universities in and out of whose payroll I flit, leaving this blog short of even the single hand it normally occupies. 1,444 more words

Dinesh Allirajah

A Holding Post


Like the lucky Robert Pattinson, who gets to be pictured above with Sara, a “seat-filler” at some awards ceremony , you get to read this post, which simply exists, like the Porter in… 251 more words

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An A-Z of Short Fiction Shorthand: L-R

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L is for C.S. Lewis’ 5 Tips for Clear Writing

I was reminded of this list when it was posted on a Facebook page for creative writing students at Liverpool John Moores University, where I’ve been luxuriating in short story pursuits since the end of September. 1,193 more words

Dinesh Allirajah