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Good beginnings: the best of Saki

I have just re-read ‘The Lumber Room’, a short story by the former Burma police officer H H Munro, who wrote under the name of Saki. More than 30 years after having the story read aloud to me when I was 15 years old, its language and tone are still vividly familiar, even though until […]

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Writing a five fingered exercise

When I was a small child, just starting school, my favorite moment in each day was the one, after we’d finished our tea, when my father went into the front room. He’d say to me, ‘don’t pull the curtains and don’t switch on the light.’ Then he’d sit at his piano in the last of the […]

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Two more degrees…

Aspiring writers and textiles enthusiasts take note! The OCA has just had two new degrees validated — a BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree and a BA(Hons) Textiles degree. The BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree offers a wide range of specialist modules, including narrative and dialogue, writing for children, life writing and writing poetry. It’s the only open […]

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Faulks on Fiction

A new BBC series, Faulks on Fiction (based on Faulks’ book, available from the BBC website), starts this Saturday (5th February) at 9pm on BBC2. Sebastian Faulks will be looking at the heroes of the British novel in early works such as Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and the snobs of British literature in Fleming’s James Bond. […]

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Liz Cashdan reading two of her Icelandic Poems

Liz Cashdan reads from her Icelandic poetry from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo. OCA Creative Writing tutor Liz Cashdan was in the office a few weeks ago. and we took the opportunity to record her reading two of her poems. Of particular interest is that Liz traveled to Iceland Last year with another […]

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