Tag Archives: Idries Shah

Memories of Doris Lessing


While I was trawling my archives for notes I’d made on Sufism in Burnley (in vain so far), an unpolished, unpublished draft post on Doris Lessing came to my attention – I was conscious I hadn’t said all I wanted … Continue reading

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Kulturá at Kavá 2


[* edited 06/08/2016] To blog or not to blog. I shuck off thoughts of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles (Vertigo Comics) and retellings of The Fisher King. Once more I am at Kulturá at the Kavá in Todmorden. In another life, things … Continue reading

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Meeting of the British Science Fiction & British Fantasy Associations York Pubmeet 9th May


York Pubmeet 9th May 2015: British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Association the Elmbank Hotel, York Midnight 09/05/15 (last Saturday) I was woken by my eldest son texting a reply to my earlier message – – he said – – I … Continue reading

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What kind of detail do you consider when Creating a Fantasy World or an SF Universe?


It’s time for another go at this. What is world creation? For several months now I’ve been reading Juvaini’s The History of The World-Conqueror. This work is relatively unknown in the West and was written as an account of the … Continue reading

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Hasiwriters / Fantasy – Horror Project


Since April 2010 my local writing group, Hasiwriters, has met in Haslingden Library. Hasiwriters (a contraction of Haslingden Writers) has finally made its way into my memory cells. From a lifetime of made up words, I’ve an instinctive aversion to new … Continue reading

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Appendix II – the Quest for Meaning


Six months ago I finished work on A Guide to First Contact. I write fiction to explore ideas; in the case of Guide, I wanted to provide the backdrop to the workings of non-human intelligences. Fairly hefty stuff, huh? My … Continue reading

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Doris Lessing


A quick look around throws up the following: Born 22/10/1919, Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran) Died 17/11/2013, London, UK The Telegraph – Doris Lessing dies aged 94 New York Times – Doris Lessing, Novelist who won 2007 nobel is dead at … Continue reading

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