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Frances Kay is a children’s playwright who was born in London and now lives in Ireland. She has worked with gypsies, prisoners and children in the U.K. and Ireland. She is married to musician Nico Brown. They have two daughters. Her debut novel, Micka was published by Picador (Pan Macmillan) on July 2, 2010.

International Word Rocker and spoken word artist Cyndi Dawson (one half of the Dawson/Scott duo) is a well traveled Artist and Curator of the world-respected poetry and music venue 'Poets and Angels Music and Poetry Series'.

Legends of the Short Story: 10 Journeys

Reader Logo by Jane Turley

I know the perimenopause is exacerbating the issue but I have a problem.

I can’t remember what I’ve read.

I also can’t remember, on a daily basis, where I’ve put my glasses, the car keys, my handbag and indeed my children’s names. It’s a nightmare. I’m trying to convince myself I’m just doing too much but the truth is I’ve probably got early dementia; it would be just my rotten luck. In fact, I’ve never been lucky except for the time I won a bowl of turkey pate at the church bingo when I was a teenager.

(Which isn’t really that fortunate if you’re 13 and fancy John Travolta.)

Anyway, yesterday I was rushing around the house when eventually I thought I should stop and take stock of the situation.

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Our printed edition is now available to mail anywhere in the world - although the cost at the moment is a bit high I'm afraid - hopefully it will come down soon.  Click here to buy a printed edition.

FROM THOMAS MANN TO TIM WINTON – A Marriage of Music and Words

Reader Logo by Paul Burman
I’m not sure whether I’d have ever read Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice if it hadn’t been for a trip to the cinema in 1973, but Visconti’s film adaptation had just been released and I needed an excuse to hang out with a girlfriend.  I doubt whether I gave the film my full attention (for obvious reasons), but I recall brooding, impressionistic images and a soundtrack that drew heavily on Mahler.  Not long after, and perhaps in honour of the girl and our evening together, I shelled out 35p for a paperback copy of the book.

I vastly preferred reading Death in Venice to watching it (the little I'd seen) and, although the girl soon disappeared from view, this slim novella has remained on my bookshelf ever since.  However, Visconti had a more profound influence than I realised at the time, because as soon as I opened the book I couldn’t help but hear those haunting phrases from Mahler’s Third and Fifth symphonies underscoring every sentence, and they too have stayed with me.

Big Train Cakes

Big Train Cake Sketch
Review: The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger reviews Big Train's Cake Sketch in the style of a literary review ...

"You could say they were selling like hot cakes."

The Cake Sketch works on a number of levels; it is funny, moving and informative. It brings into perspective the level of suffering some employees have to endure at the hands of idiots.

(Editor: Send me cakes.)

What I like about the sketch is the way you are drawn into the thought gymnastics that go on in Peter's (Simon Pegg's) mind. Peter is committed to cakes and is clever, witty and provides a view on cakes that is refreshing and allows you to look at selling cakes from a perspective outside the normal polite form of thought demonstrated by the masses that surround him. It is indeed tragic that these very values are frowning upon by his superiors.

"Because you're a smart alec, Peter."

(Editor: Boring - send me cakes.)

The sketch shows us the joy in finding the right word or phrase and the script is written with an easy style but the ending is dark and mencing and shows us a man being taken captive as he realises that there are powers that operate outside reason alone.

"I'm afraid up here, what counts, is how you make cakes and not what you say about them."

However if there is a cautionary tale it is this: Avoid using lazy well worn cliches and if you do expect to be  hung up to dry. ( There's a warning for all you writing types.) 

Any subliminal messages in this review are not the responsibility of The View From Here. However if you would like to send the editor SOME CAKES ( for example) then do get in touch with us and we'll be able to sell them so we can afford to run things like this Alfred Hitchcock Birds spoof without all those annoying adverts ...

Anjali Joseph Joins The View From Here


Anjali Joseph, who was listed as one of the Daily Telegraph's top 20 novelists under 40 this year, joins the crew here at the magazine as a monthly article writer.

We are really excited to have her on board and her first article will appear in our September printed and digital edition.  But if you can't wait that long then see a Guest Article she did for us here.

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. More recently she has written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2008 and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Times of India. Saraswati Park, published in July 2010, is her first novel.

The Boy from Idoya

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Today I ran to the barn from the little cortijo and back. And again, to the barn from the little cortijo and back. My knees were bleeding and there were little pieces of pottery stuck in bumps between the bones. Some people were crawling up from the hill down towards the town. I could hear them praying. Some of them were weeping. I could smell their blood.

"Get me the book, hijo. Por favor, por favor," my mother begged. She was on the floor between the window and the door. Her wrists were fat. I could see them from the insides of her white shirt. Her bloodshot eyes were little and beady, and they looked like the kind of amulets she kept inside her skirt pockets. They watched me as I left the room. I felt their burn inside my back, the stars she shot as I turned from her.

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Both Sides Now

by Anjali Joseph

A few days ago I arrived in London after several weeks at my parents’ in India. I had dreaded coming back. Every return evokes childhood partings from Bombay, the sunshine, my grandparents, and a way of being that was more open, impromptu and easy than the one I knew growing up in Warwickshire.

I’d been seven years old when we left Bombay: the city came to take on a mythological sense of home in exile. Now, every departure from Bombay and the sight from a plane window of its pointy sweep of lights into the Arabian Sea tend to depress me; every return, when, early morning, the aircraft swoops closer and closer into miles of slum shacks, makes my heart lift.

Our Tragic Universe

Our Tragic Universe
by Scarlett Thomas
Review: Grace

To hold this book is a delight. Its black edging and gold embossing made me feel like I was opening a box of treats. And the joy of the novel’s novel appearance never wore off.

The content is just as sparkling. Thomas’ first person narrator, Meg, is witty, intelligent, engaging and ‘real’ (in a Bridget Jones sense). Her voice is strong and consistent throughout the novel, which is refreshing, and I think largely to do with the similarities that seem to exist between Meg and Thomas herself. When basing a fictional character on so much of your own experience, how can the narrative voice fail to be strong and consistent?

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Issue 25 on sale with our interviews with Jean Kwok and Isabel Allende only available in the printed and digital edition.

Isabel has become one of the best-known women writers in Latin America and is largely famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espĂ­ritus) (1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias) (2002). Commercially successful she has also won many international awards, including the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, granted to writers "who have contributed to the beauty of the world."

Jean Kwok’s debut is the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestseller Girl In Translation.

Rabbit Writer -- All part of the show

They don't really think all this was intentional, do they?

And the book signing is saved! Here's hoping that in the excitement the rabbit doesn't tinkle in his jacket. Wonder if he'll ever be allowed in that bookstore again?

Reader Logoby Naomi 'Brigid' Gill

Interview with Frances Kay

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Frances Kay

by Jen

Frances Kay is a children’s playwright who was born in London and now lives in Ireland. She has worked with gypsies, prisoners and children in the U.K. and Ireland. She is married to musician Nico Brown. They have two daughters. Her debut novel, Micka will be published by Picador (Pan Macmillan) on July 2, 2010.

I had the dream again last night. About the fish that talked.
The first line of this debut novel had me hooked. That image, the colours and intensity of the first page continue in the rest of the novel. By page 37 of Micka, I was so intensely drawn into the world created by Frances Kay and feeling its desperation and emptiness that I found myself in tears. I quickly pulled myself together so that I could read on, because I had to. I felt compelled to find out what happened. It is told from the two perspectives of the protagonists Micka and Laurie. From the outset there is an inevitability in the atmosphere of the story which mimics the plot - Micka doesn’t stand a chance in life. Yet it stays compelling till the end. Although classified as literary fiction, I believe it is a great crossover, appropriate for mature YA readers who can deal with the subject matter. I also give it my personal full marks for an authentic and effective cover.