Category Archives: Literary Forms

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A Love Letter to Britten

When I started my degree, one of the first things I was told was to avoid looking at texts through personal sympathy; that is, to not draw conclusions about stories through my own personal connection with the text. Being able to recognise a similarity between

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Why What I Write is Not Erotica

A few weeks ago I submitted my story ‘For a Few Dollars More’ to Ether Books. The story tells of a young prostitute’s interactions with two very different customers, and deals with a very intense non-consensual scenario. Filling out my submissions form I automatically ticked

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Aural Sex at Eroticon 2013

The one thing I felt was missing from last year’s Eroticon was a chance for all us writers to read our work, and share it with the other delegates. So when Ruby asked me to organise an evening of erotic reading for Eroticon 2013, I

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Prosa Sparse: On Rebirth

In Venice, in 1505, a man named Pietro Bembo published a collection of prose and poetry on the (supposed) importance of neo-platonic love, called Gli Asolani. From what I’ve been told, this collection placed a great emphasis on the grand splendour of spiritual love and

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Subverting Early English Poetics

Having been dry, for months, on both style and content, as you may have gleaned, I haven’t been writing creatively. Aside from a week of National Novel Writing Month – which I stopped when I realised I was less interested in my characters than I

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Voice and the Author

After last week’s article on identity and pseudonyms I have been giving a lot of thought to the reasons sex writers so often hide behind fake identities. When it comes to sex bloggers – who I defined as those who write autobiographically about their own