Tag Archives: authenticity

Writing yourself out of the tunnel

I first came across the words of Rachel North in an on-line diary published by the BBC in the days after the 7th July bombings in London, back in 2005.  I remember being gripped by her account of what had happened when the Tube train she’d been on had been blown up, and the weird [...]

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Sometimes I write hollow: by Jon Swanson

This is a guest post, as you can tell from the title. It lacks grammatical accuracy, in some undefined way. You’ll understand why in a bit. If you keep reading. But why wouldn’t you keep reading. There is something about the word hollow that resonates. (And yes, the pun… Continue reading

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Italian lessons in authenticity: by Emma Bird

What’s your name? What are you eating? Why are you here? Those were just some of the questions that the two-year-old at the table next to ours was bombarding us with while we were waiting for our meal to arrive in our favourite restaurant. Were she in the UK or the US, her parents would [...]

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The spikes and thistles of authentic writing

I was thinking the other day about how authenticity means being human. “Authenticity may mean natural or beautiful. It may mean rooted geographically or morally, but behind all that it means human.” And what does that “being human” mean? It’s us, warts and all. It’s us: complex, difficult, imperfect, amazingly astonishing creatures. It’s the beauty [...]

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Introducing three powerful new voices at Confident Writing

September’s proving to be the month of change all right, and one of the changes I’m making here is to open up the floor to three writers who’ve volunteered to contribute as guest authors.  It’s all part of the September focus on writing with authenticity and knowing the… Continue reading

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