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Don’t swipe, write: Japanese city encourages daters to send love letters

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Japan’s faltering campaign to raise its birthrate has gone analogue, with authorities in a south-western city encouraging potential suitors to put pen to paper and wait patiently for a reply rather than simply swiping...

Don’t swipe, write: Japanese city encourages daters to send love letters

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Japan’s faltering campaign to raise its birthrate has gone analogue, with authorities in a south-western city encouraging potential suitors to put pen to paper and wait patiently for a reply rather than simply swiping...

Maggie Shipstead: ‘Elena Ferrante made me reconsider how I write’

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My earliest reading memoryI remember lying in bed with my mother while she read picture books to me when I was three or four, but I think that’s probably an amalgam memory, since she did this every night. I also remem...

Costa winner Hannah Lowe on the legacy of lockdown: my students write about feeling isolated and missing out

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Before the pandemic hit, I had read that the future of higher education would involve a shift from the university as a physical location of learning to a digital offering that came to you, wherever you were. I remembe...

Shall I compare thee to a frozen food aisle? How to write a love poem in 2022

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What do poets talk about when they talk about love? The first poem I ever wrote was a love poem. I was 14. I don’t remember any of the lines but I do remember it expressed a sickly, naive, messy soup of feelings. It w...

Costa winner Hannah Lowe: ‘Should teachers write about students? That question’s too categorical’

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Many writers have dreamed since childhood of being published. Not Hannah Lowe, who has just won the Costa book of the year award for her poetry collection The Kids. It was only when she was teaching English literature...

Antony Jenkins: ‘In early childhood, I struggled even to read and write’

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On a sunny afternoon in Portugal in June 2012, Antony Jenkins was preparing himself for bad news. From Barclays’ offices in Lisbon, where he had flown for a meeting, the then retail banking boss was waiting for regula...

Write it All Down by Cathy Rentzenbrink review – an arm around the shoulder for aspiring authors

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In the weeks after my grandfather died in 2019, I spent a melancholy few days sorting through the “Gramps” section of my filing cupboard, mainly the many letters he’d sent to me over the years. It was a way, I suppose...

I write ‘women’s commercial fiction’ –why is my work still seen as inferior to men’s?

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In the four months since my first novel came out, I’ve had the same conversation probably a dozen times. “What’s it about?” a well-meaning stranger will ask. “Well,” I’ll reply, “it’s the story of a woman choosing bet...

I write while my children steal cars and rob houses: the awful human cost of racist stereotypes

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As I write this article, my children are stealing cars and robbing houses, I suppose. I am an Indigenous father – so, doesn’t that tell you everything you need to know about me as a parent, and about my children’s cap...

Lydia Davis: ‘I write it the way I want to write it’

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Index Entry, the shortest of the very short stories for which the American writer Lydia Davis is best known, runs to just four words: “Christian, I’m not a”. When Davis won the Man Booker International prize in 2013, ...

‘Why do I want to write about these awful, rich, evil people?’: the making of Succession

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In early 2016, Peep Show co-creator Jesse Armstrong pitched his first solo project as a showrunner to HBO. Inspired by an unaired screenplay about Rupert Murdoch he had written a decade before, as well as other influe...

‘Spiritual medicine’: orchestra helps people with dementia write music

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On paper, it may seem like an odd pairing: the Manchester Camerata, one of Europe’s most renowned orchestras, and Gorton, the tough Manchester suburb where Shameless was filmed. Though a £100m regeneration project has...

Anthony Doerr: ‘Rather than write what I know, I write what I want to know’

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Anthony Doerr, 47, is the author of six books, including All the Light We Cannot See, which won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2015. The story of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy during the second wor...

Nadine Dorries should write what she likes. And I’ll read what I like

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In the latest tedious round of the culture war, I did not expect to be taking a position on the books of the new culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, whose defenders point to her being a prolific novelist as evidence of...

In brief: The Hummingbird; 34 Patients; Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write

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Sandro Veronesi, translated by Elena PalaWeidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.99, pp304 The phrase “summer reading” sometimes carries snobbish overtones, but this is the kind of novel that the season is made for: instantly...