Fact… Possibility… Imagination — Creative Histories of Witchcraft

Roy Clark says there are two rules of non-fiction. ‘Do not add. Do not deceive.’ ‘Never put something into your story that hasn’t checked out.’[1] I struggle with this in crimes of extravagant fear Like the attack on Jacques M, by his neighbour Joseph A, who thought him a witch I think. Let’s begin […]

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The Laws of Subtraction

Guides to writing often contain conflicting advice, but there are a few ideas that have attained the status of orthodoxy.  Where novelists are told show don’t tell, academics or non-fiction writers are often advised to use detail to convey complex ideas. Although the genres of writing are very different, many writing handbooks mine similar veins. And […]

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