Tag Archives: Robert Burns Fellowship

Billy Bird

  After four years in the incubator, Billy Bird, my new novel for adults, is due for release.  The official launch date is  31 August. It’s going to be introduced by Barbara Larson, at the University Book Shop, Dunedin. Before then, I’m heading away to … Continue reading

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The Word Count

The start of another teaching semester isn’t far off, and the novel I was working on during my fellowship last year is still only 4/5 of the way through a first draft, six months after the end of the Burns. … Continue reading

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Perigee

Lately I’ve been thinking about both the professional satisfaction and personal comfort that come from re-drafting. A great sense of security arises from working over and over the phrasing of a line, from reaching and reaching for the most sonorous … Continue reading

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Journalese

The Burns Fellowship has turned up some unexpected requests lately. One was from a woman I’d never met who wanted advice on how to read an ee cummings poem at her brother’s wedding: the request was passed on to me … Continue reading

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Thank-tatic, grate-elated, a-whelmed!

Parenthood, house-selling, trying to write shapely poems and a poem-sequence (or is it a novel, or is it a cross-breed, a povel, a book of noetry?) and another novel (or is it a poor failed misconception that will never reach … Continue reading

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