Author Archives: Lois

About Lois

Writes fiction, journalism, teaches yoga

Sick Books – feature from The HU

With insomnia, asthma, a fever of 103, the pox, the shakes – unable to leave the bed, unable to sleep, the TV is migrainous – there’s still a book. Without distractions, the relationship is closer, more intense. Some books mesh … Continue reading

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Sick Books – feature from The HUMAG

http://humag.co/features/sick-books

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Mrs Laidlaw’s Event Horizon

Mrs Laidlaw should have followed Newton’s second law, her body accelerating in proportion to the strength of external force used upon it, as she flew across the living room, until she hit the opposite wall. There, under Newton’s third law, … Continue reading

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Being libelled by bloggers

I used to be left on my own with the foreign pages, late at night on The South China Morning Post. I found it terrifying to write stuff straight into the paper and publish, with no editor or lawyer to … Continue reading

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Blog about a dog

ASH Ash is or was a white lurcher. We went on long, muddy walks to Hadleigh Castle or the beach. She always ran away, crossing fields like a cloud in a green sky. It took the kids hours to catch … Continue reading

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Penny plain or twopence coloured

People are challenging all-male panels on political talk shows but what about men-only arts reviews? Angela Carter or Carson McCullers are seen as marginal for writing mainly about women, but if William Golding writes only about men, he can win … Continue reading

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Dynamic Yoga on TAP

New yoga class starting 24th January at Temporary Arts Project, North Road. Tuesdays 10am-11.15am. Bring a mat Class on 24th free, £5 thereafter

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David Holden @etominosipi on Mrs Laidlaw

Just read Mrs Laidlaw’s Event Horizon. Congratulations. Clever to use the black hole both as symbol of terminal hopelessness and as a relativistic justification for the time-reversed narrative. I have long been an advocate for imagining time-reversals as a consciousness-raising … Continue reading

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Chicks are baby hens. They don’t read

Women, we are told, drive the entire fiction market. They will read books by male authors, but most men do not read books by female authors. So the market for women authors is, er, women. But not every female author … Continue reading

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The Polite British Writer Awards

The British Writer Awards are undoubtedly a good idea; £10,000 for an unpublished writer – woohoo. There is also an award for published writers. But before you submit anything, you have to tick a little box guaranteeing that your work … Continue reading

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