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Leading Writers Take Up ‘Darkness Residencies’ for Art Project

Bernardine Evaristo, Max Porter and Raymond Antrobus rise to artist Sam Winston’s challenge in A Delicate Sight to submit to time in blackout....

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Looking for the Next Generation

It is the time of the season. The young ones are putting their artwork on show at the outset of what they hope will be a long and successful vocation as artists....

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Openings: An Esoteric Short Story

Voices from another dimension, or glitches in the wiring? Into the Esoterics of Music...

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Write Better Words: The Nuts and Bolts

The good stuff is there in your mind - getting it onto paper just takes discipline...

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Write Better Words: A Step by Step Guide

Turn up at the page (and avoid cliches like that one). How to be a better writer....

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Where is the Duende? Frack Language, Frack Self

When we frack language, we tear apart the core of self...

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Sci-Fi London: Film, Music, Literature and Canine Cosplay #SFL17

Ten days of sci-fi film, live music, immersive experiences and more...

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Play the Body: Screenwriting for Visceral Viewing

Good screenwriting prompts reactions in the body as well as the mind. How so?...

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Visceral Viewing: Screenwriting for the Human Brain(s)

Effective screenwriters not only aim for psychological effect - they seek to create 'visceral viewing'....

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Let Me Think, But Not Much: Screenwriting and the Brain(s)

100 Problems, but as long as they're someone else's, we're locked to our seats....

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Shake Your Inner Monkey: Movie Screenwriting and The Limbic Brain

Sex, Politics, Celebrity: What's on your monkey mind?...

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Caress Your Inner Bunny (or We’ll Boil It): Movie Plotting and Psychology

You want to write a killer plot? Feed the croc, snuggle the bunny and give the monkey a promotion...

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Words, Phrases and Sentences: The Connective Tissue of Humanity

Poets strive to map the beauty and terror of existence. You have never been alone....

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They Say the Devil’s In the Deep End

When you meet the devil, the only response is to wake and bake...

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Neurocinematic Testing: Will It Make You Scream?

t is always hard to predict the response of a massed audience, and almost impossible to objectively assess creative works. In the present information boom and flourishing ‘attention...

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The Itch and the Burn. New Jersey Karma

Anything that could dig a hole had crawled underground. The poolboys feel the burn....

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Pristine Pools, Watery Bowels and the Septic American Dream

There are biological consequences to keeping an open sewer of stagnant water in your garden. Even if you call it a pool....

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Sympathy/Empathy: The Very Air That Evil Breathes.

Manipulating the reader's revulsion at the bias of a clumsy attack is now an established technique of political propaganda ...

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Bad Vibes in the Jersey Punchbowl

Sex, Strippers and Staph Infections in the Jersey 'Burbs...

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Pee and Loathing in New Jersey

Of all the strippers' pools to be cleaning, it had to be this one.......

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Love in a Time of Algae: Play the Devil (Extract)

Like the ancients before us, let’s drink the wine. Smoke the stash. Paint the caves....

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Have An Imaginative Christmas

Famine, War, Greed. We can fix this. Just add a more rigorous imagination....

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Subject Matters: Searching for The Perfect Pop Music Lyric

Man and The Echo’s Gareth Roberts waxes lyrical about the importance of good lyrics in pop music....

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Art Resistance Journal Third Text Relaunches

Editor of seminal counter-institutional art journal Third Text announces relaunch....

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Frankie had them both on the ground and bleeding in two hits.

n my junior year I saw thirty-five fist fights. They came like some pandemic no one had ever seen, and no one knew what to do. One fight the first day. Five the next. Two days before Christmas break...

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On Working at Barnes and Noble

“You want to be a writer,” Kelly said. “Why don’t you work at Barnes & Noble?” “I wear clothes, too. Maybe I should get a job in a sweatshop.”...

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Finding Nick Tosches

I asked him how he had gotten his first book published. “It’s a dead industry”, he said....

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Honest and Unmerciful

Writing for Trebuchet. If you can give us 500 words on Black Sabbath that demonstrates; focus, research, differentiation, and appeal you've got a gig. ...

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Howard Marks: First there was the Welsh…

Howard Marks has become something of a cult-celebrity. Trebuchet interviews the ex-con about his other 'other' pastime - writing. ...

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Marcel Theroux: A Blow to the Heart

Marcel Theroux is the son of a travelling writing behemoth (Paul), and older brother of TV’s dissembling clown (Louis). He has said in the past he’d like to be known in his own right. I’ve...

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