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I'm struck by the number of people who see biblical overtones in The Palace of Curiosities (especially how I named the characters), and who suppose that was my intention.

First up, there were no biblical intentions on my part. Secondly, if that's how you read the novel, that's absolutely fine by me.

The two main protagonists in the novel are called Eve and Abel. Some readers have seen a conscious tip 'o' the pen to the Genesis story: Eve being the first woman (except for Lilith of course – but moving swiftly on...) and Abel (her son, the 'nice' brother of Cain). All very compelling. Except that when I was writing the novel, none of the above crossed my mind.

Eve is named after my grandmother. Born in 1895 she was (just) a Victorian, and a wonderfully strong-minded woman to boot. She nurtured my love of reading and what greater gift could I have asked for. I named Eve in her honour.

As for Abel – his name is inspired by linguistic theory. There's a link below with references to more detailed studies, but here it is in brief. Human babies worldwide make very similar noises when they start to 'babble', regardless of the language they are born into. These first sounds are invariably ma-ma-ma and then da-da and ba-ba (hence words for mother / father in many languages being based on these clusters).

At the start of the novel, Abel is being 're/born' – with profound memory loss. I wondered what on earth he would say when asked his name. Maybe it went something like this, I reasoned.

- What's your name, mate?

- Ma-ma-ma.

- What did you say? Speak up, mate. Can't hear you.

- Ab-ba-ba.

- Abel, is that what you're trying to say? Eh?

- Yes. I am Abel (he breathes a sigh of relief, as he was getting panicky at not even remembering his own name).

So, no Bible. He's just babbling.

However, don't feel you have to believe me. I only wrote the darn thing.

That's the magic of novels. When they are out there - on the shelves, on your Kindle - they don't 'belong' to the author any more. They no longer exist in the vacuum of the author's mind.

What you bring to The Palace of Curiosities (and thank you for reading) is your own eye, your own ear, your own history, your own imagination. A whole life I have no idea about because it is yours. As soon is the book is read – it changes. Each reader makes it anew.

That is the alchemy of reading – and how very wonderful it is.

Further reading:

Click this link to go to Wiki page about language acquisition

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I've been invited to be guest lecturer at the Creative Writing Department of Staffordshire University. It's a great honour. It's also open to interested members of the public – the date is Thursday 30th January 2-4pm. For details see the Gig List page.

I shall be focussing on editing and rewriting, especially fiction.

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Ariadne's Thread Poetry Competition - Prize Giving Ceremony

The Old Ship - upstairs room –
21st January, 7:30 PM
3 King Street,
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND

Free Entrance.

The Poetry Competition Prize Giving Ceremony will be held during the launch of issue 9 of Ariadne's Thread Literary Magazine. The prize winning poets include Rosie Garland, winner of Ariadne's Thread first Poetry Competition.

Besides launching issue 9, the last regular issue of the year (issue 10, a themed issue on mythology will close the year), this event will also include the prize giving ceremony for Ariadne's Thread first Poetry Competition. Join us to listen to the poets and the authors published in the nine issues, to buy issues and subscriptions at special prices, to know more about the Ariadne's Thread Poetry Prize and to share your work with us in our open-mic (well, if you feel like it). This will be a memorable evening of Poetry and Music.

Click this link for the Ariadne's Thread website

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The March Violets 'Made Glorious' tour 2013 is underway and ongoing!

Taking in venues and events such as Antichrist (London), The Trades Club (Hebden Bridge), Un-Peeled (Preston), Corallo (Italy), Bannermans (Edinburgh), The Cluny (Newcastle), 02 Academy (Islington) & Whitby Goth Weekend – it's going to be a very busy month.

Check out the gig page for more details...

Click this link for detailed gig listing

And The March Violets new website:

Click this link for the official March Violets website

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I had a wonderful experience as guest reader at The Arvon Foundation!

Lumb Bank in Heptonstall is a magical place – I've attended writing retreats there in the past, so it was a great honour to be invited to be guest reader.

Lemn Sissay and Hannah Pool are amazing tutors: truly inspiring. They made me feel very welcome. Thanks to the Centre Directors, Lemn and Hannah - and of course all the course participants for making it such a memorable evening!

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Many thanks to Cat Lumb for her blog review of The Palace of Curiosities paperback launch at the Manchester Museum for Manchester Literature Festival!

Excerpt here:

"When I asked her what had kept her going when it didn't seem like her book was ever going to be published she answered with a plain and direct: 'Bloody-mindedness'.

She spoke about how she couldn't stop writing even if no one ever got to see her work – something I have to say, I agree with. She was fortunate to have very supportive friends and the dedication inside the opening page reflects this: To everyone who believed I could get here, even when I didn't. This, I have to admit, is one of the more touching dedications I have seen in a long while."

Read the full review here:

Click link for Cat Lumb's site

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Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month!

It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'.

The Skinny - main website

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I'm absolutely delighted to have won second prize in the Manchester Cathedral Religious Poetry Competition 2013!

And coming second to such a great poet as Elizabeth Burns (who came first) is a particular honour.

The three prize-wining poems and seven highly-commended poems will be published in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition booklet. To order, please send a cheque or postal order for £4.00 made payable to Manchester Cathedral, to:

Poetry Competition
Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX

The annual prize-giving ceremony, which is part of the Manchester Literature Festival calendar, is to take place in St Ann's Church, on Tuesday 15 October at 2.00 pm. The afternoon will feature readings from the shortlisted poets and the competition judge, Nicola Slee.

This is a free event, but places can be booked via the Manchester Literature Festival website.

Click this link to go to Manchester Cathedral's website

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Monday, 30 September 2013 14:53

26.9.2013 - TPOC: PAPERBACK AVAILABLE NOW!

The Palace of Curiosities is now available in paperback!

Order it direct from HarperCollins here:

Click this link to order

Described as 'Bewitching' by Good Housekeeping.

'A jewel-box of a novel' - Sarah Waters.

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The March Violets 'Made Glorious' Tour 2013.

ALL dates - 10 gigs - are now confirmed. That should be it now...

Please come along and have fun.

Click on this link to buy tickets for any date!

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