Reviews and News of Stories and Curious Things

November 10th, 2016 § 0 comments

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Maggie Harris is interviewed by Rupert Dastur on The Short Story. Maggie is the author of two short story collections, both published by Cultured Llama, plus many poetry collections and a memoir. Read the full interview here.

Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning and In Margate by Lunchtime by Maggie Harris each cost £12 plus p&p. Buy them both and p& p is free.

9780993211997-Perfect BC EDIT 060916 Only The Visible v1 CS5.5 VOnly the Visible Can Vanish, Anna Maconochie’s debut story collection, is reviewed by The Erotic Review 

Maconochie’s London, her city, never relaxes its grip on her characters – and the pace is refreshing and brisk; white water rafting down the narrative rapids. The reader is left gawping and grinning at the scope and variety of her distinctive human landscape as it passes by. A brand new talent has emerged. Don’t miss it. It’s sharp and very funny.

Read the full review here. The books costs £12 plus p&p, and can be ordered here: Only the Visible Can Vanish

9780993211911-front-cover-SMALLThe Music of Business by Peter Cook is just one of our Curious Things: often genre-defying or hybrid works of cultural non-fiction. One of the chapters in the book is on business lessons from David Bowie, and is adapted in this article on Management Today.

1. FIND YOUR FOCUS

If you run a creative business, you must also find your focus. Sometimes this takes years of experimentation and occasional failure. In Bowie’s case he began performing music at 13 years old, learning the saxophone and playing in a number of mod bands. All these bands released singles, which were generally ignored, yet he kept learning and adapting.

In 1967, he released the music-hall styled ‘Laughing Gnome’ to commercial success. He later formed a mime company and an experimental art group. All of this formative experimentation across disciplines developed the foundations for Bowie’s unique fusion of music and the arts. It disproves the often-held view that success in business is an overnight affair.
In addition to being the author of several books on business, music and creativity, Peter Cook runs creativity and innovation consultancies The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics.
Order Peter Cook’s The Music of Business  for £15, and Punk Rock People Management for £10 plus p&p. Order both, and p&p is free.

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