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What Writers Earn

Bankers and hedge fund managers (who do nothing that can be understood) gather in more money than can be imagined, yet the work of authors (who give delight, or knowledge, or consolation) is rewarded on average with little more than 40% of the national median earnings: that’s £11,000.

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Writers & Writing

Fairy Tale Friday: The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About The Shivers

I have to admit, this fairy tale didn’t really do it for me. It’s a strange little tale.

The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About The Shivers… 157 more words

Philip Pullman

Fairy Tale Friday: The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House

The next fairy tale in my Philip Pullman collection of Grimm Tales was the fable-esque The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House.

The Cat And The Mouse Set Up House… 133 more words

Short Story

Competing realities

This time last week, all being well, we would have been preparing to receive the novelist Philip Pullman as our guest speaker for the Dark Angels masterclass at Merton College, Oxford. 625 more words


Literary Oxford and Lyra : A few notes on the map in Lyra's Oxford

Oxford is a city full of stories. This is something acknowledged in the intensely rich Lyra’s Oxford; a short story with Other Things written by Philip Pullman. 623 more words


my favorite rereads

Who doesn’t love reading the same favorites over and over? Here are my favorite books with spines cracked from excessive page-turning:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman… 153 more words

On planning, writing and publishing your middle grade novel...

In ‘Novel Writing, a Writers’ and Artists’ Companion’ Philip Pullman says, ‘Don’t make plans. A plan is not a map, it’s a straitjacket. Your imagination needs the freedom to roam wherever it wants to go, and if you constrain it the book will suffer.’ 118 more words

Middle Grade Fiction