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George Orwell

A literary interlude: Down and Out in Paris and London

Famous for literary classics including Animal Farm and the dystopian thriller 1984, George Orwell is arguably one the world’s finest ever word smiths.

The first ever novel Orwell wrote was called Down and Out in Paris in London, for which he exchanged his upper-class roots and tweed jacket for the impoverished life of a bottom feeder in two of Europe’s most cut-throat cities. Continue reading

Brain foods

4 brain foods to help boost your creativity

Although the stereotype of the starving artist is something we’ve all heard of, in order to produce work of any significant value (of course, there are exceptions), our brain needs fuel for the engine. In fact, brain cells rely on more food energy than any other cells in the body in order to function at its fullest.

If you’re in a creative slump and in need of a boost, here are four brain foods that will  lend a helping hand… Continue reading

5 best Charles Bukowski quotes

Love him or hate him, Henry Charles Bukowski was a thunderous literary force. With an unquenchable appetite for spilling his thoughts, feelings, opinions, observations and life experiences onto paper, the German born American writer boasts an incredible back catalogue, which includes the likes of Post Office, Factotum and Ham on Rye, among many others.

Not one for keeping quiet in the corner, Mr Bukowski always had plenty of things to say; some clever, some not so clever, but, more often than not, incredibly memorable.

So, as a follow on from the last literary interlude, here are five brilliant Charles Bukowski quotes for your reading pleasure… Continue reading

literary interlude

Another literary interlude

You’re heading towards the latter part of the week and you’ve been churning out more words than you care to count. If your brain is scrambled and you’re in need of a literary break to refresh the creative palette, here is a little distraction for your viewing pleasure – this time courtesy of a Mr Charles Bukowski… Continue reading

beat

A literary interlude

When writing for long periods of time, it can be difficult to maintain concentration – that’s why taking a break is important.

If you’re feeling tired, dreary, burned out and in need of a welcome distraction, grab yourself a cup of coffee and listen to the soothing sounds of Jack Kerouac – one of the Beat Generation’s finest…

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Father's Day

Father’s Day quotes from famous writers

As many of you may already know, this Sunday is Father’s Day

You could argue that Father’s Day is just another one of those annual money making scams created by the sweaty palmed, suit wearing big wigs at Hallmark Towers, but that would be a bit cynical… Continue reading

tales of metamorphosis

Must read tales of metamorphosis

The word metamorphosis derives from the Greek (or Latin) word metamorphoun, which essentially means to transform.

In nature, many creatures transform from one entity to another in their lifetime. Caterpillars turn to butterflies; tadpoles morph into frogs; locusts can turn from solitary to gregarious (changing colour in the process) and sea urchins shift from larvae to spiky crawlers by essentially devouring themselves.

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1984 facts

4 things you didn’t know about Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell needs no introduction.

Undoubtedly, one of his most prolific pieces of literary work has to be dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

For those who haven’t read it, I recommend getting yourself a copy; for those who have read it, here are four things you may not already know about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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