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Politics prejudice women

Why Come to the Great Gender Debate?

For over 100 years – actually, probably for over a thousand – women have been fighting for equal rights in most societies around the world. That experience means that women already active in such campaigns have a natural affinity for other disadvantaged groups when they stand up for their own rights. So where did what appears to be a ‘women’s rights v trans rights’ stance come from?

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Election Hastings Labour Politics

Alas poor Amber

Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary. Oh, you noticed. She’s getting lots of sympathy from her Tory colleagues…

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activism Book reviews Labour Politics women

On achieving unity in the midst of battle

Like many women recently, I’ve just seen my life implode. This, surprisingly perhaps, is a good thing.

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Politics women

A message to male ‘feminists’

Oh alright then, if no-one else will – here’s my blog going all lavatorial again…

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economics NHS Politics

No Post Today

Have you noticed just how many services and facilities just shut down the minute their managers saw snow falling from the sky?

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Book reviews Circaidy Gregory Press Earlyworks Press Short stories

Stunningly Unexpected Twits

Fasten your seatbelts – we are moving through a patch of turbulence. I had thought it was just me, getting more involved in politics than is good for a person, but when I looked at the lead stories our readers had placed in the final round of our latest competition, and started mentally writing the blurb for the back cover of the anthology, I realised extreme turbulence is on everyone’s mind.

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Book reviews Earlyworks Press Poetry

origami poems and towering stories from Earlyworks Press

In recent years, we’ve had work from one year’s competitions in the next year’s anthologies but this year, it looked as though it might be possible to go with authors’ wishes to have this year’s winners on this year’s Christmas present lists – It looked possible, and I think we’ve just about done it. The poetry and flash anthology, origami poems and towering stories, if ordered this week, will be with you by 10th December. If you’re in the UK, hooray! You can send them out as Christmas pressies. For those on the other side of the globe, we’ll send yours out first and cross our fingers!

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Book reviews book shops

If you didn’t get your fingers in the sparkle jar right away…

I’m so pleased that for the rest of my life there’s an extra element to the experience of listening to bird song. I can work on how the notes of a thrush might sound like the smell of cold tea with no sugar….

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Book reviews book shops

Bookshops of the Borders

We never pass by an indie bookshop if we can help it but, on arriving in Carlisle last Friday evening on the way to the border, we were actually stopped in the street outside Bookends and directed down a side-alley where this particular shop has a books-and-events cafe to be proud of, and where there was a book launch going on.

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Book reviews Circaidy Gregory Press Earlyworks Press Poetry Short stories

Reader, writer or publisher? two books to help you on your way…

‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’ what?!

Italo Calvino’s epic adventure in perceptions of reading and writing was devoured by book lovers of every variety when it first came out. At least, the first few pages were. If it has a fault (I think it has two actually) it is that the first few pages are so utterly, delightfully entertaining to booklovers it’s worth buying just for those…