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Spelling Bee live blog

15:55: Tension is mounting here in the Festival Club as we count down to lift-off. Lawrence Leung is crawling around on stage like a demented feline trying to connect the tech. Audience names are being placed into a tin, along … Continue reading

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Escape from Spellingdome

The National Young Writers Festival Spelling Bee is a brutal contest steeped in tradition. Throughout its esteemed two-year history, the Spelling Bee has become a byword for naked aggression, for raw bleeding humanity, for the ultimate arena in which courage … Continue reading

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Would you like to come and fish in my trout stream?

Occasionally, I give people advice about not taking on too much at once. I then carry on wholeheartedly ignoring that advice to the utmost possible degree. What’s that? A manuscript assessment? I’ll have it done in a fortnight. A screenplay … Continue reading

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