Archetypes: The Guardian

In Jungian theory, The Hero must be challenged with new ways (of thinking and being) to develop and progress along the journey. There may be many challenges along the way, all of which are guarded by a gatekeeper, or guardian. This Guardian (also known as Threshold Guardian or Liminal Guardian) is an agent of transformation. […]

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Ten ways to expand your reading

As someone who reads in the region of 170-190 books a year, I often get asked where I find new reads. So, in no particular order I’ve put together a list of the different ways I discover books new to me. 1. Book reviews Newspapers, journals and magazines review books. The Guardian offers a weekly […]

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Archetypes: The Shadow

In Jungian psychology, The Shadow archetype (also known as the id) represents the unconscious repressed side of a personality, and is often associated with the dark side, in particular. The Shadow consists of all the emotions and behaviours an individual conceals from the world at large. Such emotions may be negative or otherwise. When hidden, […]

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My Favourite Reading

I like to read magic realism, myth, folklore, weird fiction, metafiction, off-kilter realities, genre-bending, genre-defying, thrills, spills, adventure, lost worlds, inner worlds, strong plots, stronger women, playful language, wit, wisdom, irreverence. Favourite authors include Angela Carter, Helen Oyeyemi, Silvina Ocampo, Carmen Maria Machado, Haruki Murakami, Scarlett Thomas. Form & Format Novel-length and short fiction. Non-fiction: […]

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Reading as a Writer

To write well, read as much as you can and as widely as you can. Push yourself to read authors you’ve not come across before. Go outside your comfort zone with genres. Try reading in different formats, you may find a book you struggled with in paperback captivates you in audio. Read like a writer. […]

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