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D. Shaw "Dom Shaw" (London, UK)
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Back to Creative Writing School
Back to Creative Writing School
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read, 8 Jan. 2014
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This is equally helpful to the newbie and the blocked professional with exercises that get you into the right creative frame of mind to unlock the next line and take it for a wander. Having endured the BS ministrations of many a writing guru, I can think of many writers who hate the 'insert turning point on page 64 followed by rising tension in second act' merchants who would find the authoritative simplicity of this book both refreshing and inspiring.


Hide Fox, and All After
Hide Fox, and All After
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read, 16 Nov. 2013
At the time I read this I was 16, running my own theatre group, making my first film and failing at school with a Greek chorus of adults perpetually telling me why someone of such little experience could not do what I was doing. This book utterly captivated and seemed to understand exactly how a teenager, frustrated and impatient to express themselves, felt about almost everything. Witty, incisive, madly brilliant and brilliantly mad, Iglesias had started already at 16 to tap into exactly what it is like to feel like a freak of nature, destined for an artistic life if only the uninspiring environment would play ball. Faced with the usual classroom bully cliches, Raoul just flips his cloak and poses dramatically on the stage in the performance of his own life that is always playing in his head. A wonderful book that excited with its precocity and still does. We all look back at out first efforts and say like the Irish farmer asked for directions, 'well, I wouldn't start from here', but Iglesias has every reason to be proud of who he was when he wrote it and of how he described his experience. Juvenelia of the highest form.

Eric is Awake


Student Writing and Genre: Reconfiguring Academic Knowledge
Student Writing and Genre: Reconfiguring Academic Knowledge
by Fiona English
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An accessible and engaging read, 15 Oct. 2013
Although undoubtedly an academic resource that will be a respected reference work for people in the field, this is an incredibly accessible book for those of us engaging with it purely on its merits as a revealing examination of a small group of students on a module that is bold in experimentation with the form and revealing about the relationship between tutor and student. The analysis and documentation of each 're-genring' of an assignment by these students produces some interesting, surprising and sometimes amusing results that point to a sensitive examination of how they respond both to the material and how they should approach it. Some familiar moments when describing a plaintive enquiry from one student asking about whether bullet points were allowed in an essay because they'd heard that they were frowned upon, showing how rumour and a kind of anxious exchange of information can affect the delivery and attitude to the task. Genuinely absorbing.


The Interrupted Bride
The Interrupted Bride
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Twist, 14 Mar. 2013
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I got totally suckered by the opening. A bride having doubts just before a wedding in a small picture box village, it all looked like it was shaping up to be a romantic fiction piece until the fences went up and it all switched to a tense action drama. Really enjoyed the twist and it reminded me very much of Du Maurier's 'Rule Britannia' in the way the tiny community becomes a microcosm of society at bay. A great story well told.


Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed [DVD]
Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hasan Shah
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vive Le Rock, 18 Feb. 2011
Documenting the years of 1978 to 1981, Hasan Shah and Dom Shaw have shied away from the cliche spit-soaked 'punk' documentaries that seemingly rear their badly-produced heads every time John Lydon breaks wind and have instead focused on the influential and infinitely more creative post-punk period. Capturing the heady excitement of the cross-pollination of genres such as punk, ska, oi! and Mod, there's a crackling undercurrent of anarchic glee that infuses 'Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed', fitting perfectly with music from the Stiff Little Fingers, the Purple Hearts, Cockney Rejects, the Selecter and Sham 69. Coupled with 2005's 'Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed Re-visited' which sees the duo catch up with their subjects twenty five years on, this Grierson Award winner is well worth your time. James Sharples - 'Vive Le Rock' Magazine


Boss of Britain's Underworld.
Boss of Britain's Underworld.
by Billy Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Writer, 17 Sept. 2010
It's a shame that the man who actually wrote Billy's book doesn't get a credit. It was famed 'Sunday People' investigative reporter Duncan Webb who ghosted it and who attended the notorious launch party. He paid a heavy price to his integrity for the association during his career although there is a chance that Hill protected him from several murder attempts.
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