Prose Perfectors – Jane Austen – Subtle Feminist

“Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.” Jane Austen (1775 –1817) This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the once anonymous writer’s fame, reaches new heights with her appearance on our £10 note in September. Many are averse to…

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Prose Perfectors – Virginia Woolf – Mental Health Awareness

“For it would seem – her case proved it – that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.” From Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1892-1941) May is Mental Health Awareness Month and…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Research Breakthrough

MND Association Director of Research Development Updates Portsmouth & South East Hants Group It’s hard to believe that the “Ice Bucket Challenge” happened three years ago, during 2014. Millions of us, including celebrities all over the world, participated and poured bucket loads of iced water over ourselves to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).…

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Prose Perfectors – Oscar Wilde: The Critical Spirit Creates

“If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.” Oscar Wild (1854-1900) Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 –1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. He became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s and is remembered for…

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Prose Perfectors: Tom Peters: Story is more Powerful than Brand

“The best leaders… almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.” Tom Peters (1942-present) Thomas J. “Tom” Peters is an American writer on business management practices, best known for “In Search of Excellence. In 1990, Peters was referred to in a British Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) publication…

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Prose Perfectors – Roald Dahl – The Hardest Option

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” So The Big Friendly Giant says to Sophie in one of Dahl’s own favourites – The BFG Roald Dahl (1916 –1990) Best remembered as a children’s author, Roald Dahl was also a prolific novelist, short story writer, poet and screenwriter. He had a fascinating childhood with an early career that…

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