A world unfinished

ASPECTS OF LITERATURE By David E P Dennis Introduction When you write a book – fact or fiction – you are making a world. You are a creator. You have an idea, you develop it, write it, check it and get it printed. Your world for now, is complete. Allegorically or metaphorically to the Western Mind – God made the world in six days and on the seventh He rested. It takes much longer to write a book. However, when you compare the number of authors/writers who have started a book but not finished, with the number of those brave…

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Women and writing

This is the first of a series of essays on writing and literature where we deliberately set out to make you think – the consequences are that some of what you might read from us will be controversial – you won’t agree. That is good. Let us know if you agree or not and any other thoughts you have about the subject. Written by David Dennis – edited by Isabel Dennis When writing fact or fiction is there a special role for women that is not available to male writers? Could it be that women are better at discerning the emotional…

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Sussex Skulduggery

By David Dennis Our challenge: Can we really hope to connect Hastings, Bexhill, Pevensey, Lewes, Brighton, Uckfield, Crowborough, Virginia Woolf, Sherlock Holmes, the Pope, Shakespeare, some fairies and a sea serpent in one feature? Certainly, dear reader, if you hark back to an England ruled by King Edward the Seventh, when amateur scientists abounded and to be a Fellow of the Royal Society would guarantee you wine, women and song. How to be an Edwardian celeb? You could move to Hastings as a young boy, live in a posh six-floored house in St Leonards, train as a solicitor, form a…

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Just how old are fairy tales?

When we were running through our alphabet journey, we looked at the importance of storytelling and how the idea of it is as old as mankind.  Until now, we weren’t sure just how old some of our well known and loved fairy tales might be, but some fascinating research has uncovered evidence that shows they could be as much as 5,000 or more years old.  Some of them even pre-date modern languages, having been told in a now extinct Indo-European language. Read more about it in this BBC news article here: Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say…

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The end or the beginning?

We have arrived at Z – the end of our alphabet journey to 2016. If we stop for a moment to look at Z – we discover that it is the least used letter of the English alphabet.  It can be traced back to the Romans, who got it from the Greeks, who got it from the Phoenicians, who perhaps got it from the Semitic alphabet – but whoever and however it arrived, it is interesting that it ended up at the end.  All of this got me wondering why our alphabet is ordered in the way it is. It…

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