Category Archives: Musings

On Loneliness

You know you are in trouble when you find yourself welling up after a friendly encounter with the phlebotomist. She inserted the needle, asked me how my weekend had gone. I was lost for words – I couldn’t even remember … Continue reading

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Tea or coffee or crack-cocaine? 

I love to read about the lives of authors. I’m not talking biography – I’m talking about articles which mention how, in fact, they manage, day to day, as a writer. What they actually do to get words down on … Continue reading

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Losing My Mother

My mother, Berrell Jensen, died on the 25th of July at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. Nine weeks ago, today. She was 83. Losing her has been profoundly devastating for me, perhaps all the more because we had a complicated, often … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis

Last night I attended an event where Alexandra Fuller discussed her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come. Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, her earlier memoir of growing-up in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia in the 1970s and 1980s, left a deep impression … Continue reading

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After The End

I was going to title this blog ‘When you finish your novel, what then?’ Not that I have any tips, but simply because I’m in this awkward no-man’s land of having finished one long work, and I haven’t quite started writing … Continue reading

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The Return of the Short Story

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve never recovered from several of Jim Shepard‘s extraordinary short stories. He is also a brilliant and inspiring teacher. Actually I’m still recovering from a workshop I did with him at Sirenland this year!

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Dani Shapiro on Oprah

Dani Shapiro, a remarkable writer and mentor of writers will be featured this fall in conversation with Oprah. Dani’s memoir, “Devotion” was one of “O” The Oprah Magazine’s must-read picks for February. I have been blessed to be in two of Dani’s … Continue reading

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