Show and Tell

February 12, 2017 § Leave a comment


When I was a teacher in China I used to get my students to bring in items and talk about them. It was good practice for them and also meant there was only 42 minutes left of the lesson to fill. The best one was a young man who brought in a bullet and then spoke about how happy he’d felt the first time he fired a gun. This story is probably vaguely inspired by this – it’s in The Manchester Review.


The Library of Doris Lessing

February 10, 2017 § Leave a comment


My piece on cataloguing Doris Lessing’s library is in The Guardian.

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