No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics

Tuesday, 7.30pm, logging on to twitter. I’m leaving work, passing elegant Georgian houses-turned-offices, cutting through leafy squares full of exhausted suits, smiling when I run into someone with a friendly dog that doesn’t care that it’s London and talking to strangers just isn’t the done thing. There’s something about that time of the day: the shackles … Continue reading No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics

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Of Fear and Freedom (or on Banned Books Week)

The list of banned books is a pretty impressive though not particularly exclusive club. And the number one reason for most being on there is not obscenity or insensitivity: it is fear. Fear, which makes us self-censor our words and stop before we write. Fear, which can make us better writers and readers... but only if we let it.