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Anna Davis


The back-cover blurb is one of the most important factors influencing book buying. Anna Davis investigates the tricky art of hype and hot air
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Teenage angst

Contemporary YA explores real-world issues through teenage characters. Laura Steven explains how best to tackle realism and darker themes.
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20 Questions with Sara Barnard

In the run up to our competition for Children’s and YA novels, we caught up with YA-Book Prize-winning author Sara Barnard to see how she goes about writing her bestselling books. Key takeaways? Cut out distractions with rain sounds, and beat writer’s block by fast-forwarding to a different part of the story
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Clare Pollard

A poem about boys

Poet, playwright and novelist Clare Pollard will be curating the poems and stories on the topic of ‘keys’ for the September edition of Mslexia. Her poem Pollen from Bad Lilies has just been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and her debut novel Delphi is out now. ‘Boys’ (below) is from her fifth full collection, Incarnation, which charts her experience of being the mother of a boy child.
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Unlocking with left-hand writing

It might be slow and awkward but if you let your left hand do the writing, you may access parts of your mind that have not been freely active since you learned to read. Rosie Jackson explains
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