Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished by The Com­mu­ni­ty Writer in 2019. Inter­view by Oliv­er Phish­er. What are three books that have great­ly influ­enced your life?  1) The Gospel of John: My father was an Angli­can chap­lain, a fierce intel­lect, a com­pas­sion­ate heart, and …

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In May 2019, I attend­ed the New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture. It was a thrilling and, at times, over­whelm­ing expe­ri­ence. Over the course of three packed days, I ran 10 one-hour work­shops with hun­dreds of inspired and inspir­ing stu­dents. With …

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Recent­ly I passed my ten year anniver­sary on Face­book and five year anniver­sary on Twit­ter. Both sent notes to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. At first, it felt a lit­tle strange to receive such affir­ma­tions from the algo­rithms of addic­tion. But soon …

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Edward Lear & The Vic­to­ri­an Nurs­ery A rev­o­lu­tion­ary fig­ure in the his­to­ry of Eng­lish lan­guage chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, Edward Lear explod­ed the con­ven­tions of the Vic­to­ri­an nurs­ery and replaced the relent­less didac­ti­cism of Isaac Watts and Charles and Mary Lamb with …

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Last week I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the last assem­bly of the term at Cam­denville Pub­lic School in New­town. On the invi­ta­tion of Prin­ci­pal Sue Smith — a fel­low lover of fan­ta­sy lit­er­a­ture — I had the hon­our of …

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