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.
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.
The 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.