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‘Write a poem in 21 words’ Competition – still time to enter!

January 22nd, 2010

So, what do you think of the ‘school photo’?  You’ll have to excuse the boots and jeans – we don’t normally look so scruffy but we were still sliding around the icy pavements of Manchester to get to work.  Still, it was good to look back and think how we’ve changed over the past 21 years and how many writers we’ve helped into print.

If you’re interested in seeing what offers and competitions we’ve got on throughout the year as part of the celebrations, visit our website and sign up.  You don’t need to be a student to join in – our celebration is open to all!  And incidentally, don’t forget that our January competition – write a poem in 21 words – will close on 31 January, so there’s still time to enter.

Are you a Roddy Doyle fan?  (The Commitments, The Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha…)  I can’t say I was particularly keen until I picked up Paula Spencer recently … and couldn’t put it down until I’d read it from cover to cover.  It’s the sequel to The Woman Who Walked into Doors and continues the story of battered wife Paula, gamely battling her alcoholism and trying to re-build links to her four children.  I know it doesn’t sound like a bundle of laughs but there is dark humour there – and an astonishing insight into the character.  I was left feeling amazed that a male writer could have such an accurate insight into a woman’s mind.  If you don’t mind a bit of squalor and plenty of bad language it’s certainly worth reading.  Let me know what you think!

Finally, I’m having a break next week.  I’m handing over to one of our tutors, Simon Whaley, so that you get a bit of variety. See you in a fortnight!

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