Do You Write Commentaries On Your Own Work?


I believe it's important to reflect back on what you write, to self-criticise. To examine and share the ideas you perhaps had behind a piece of work. It helps to understand if your intentions come across in the writing and if what you wanted to convey reached the reader.   I first began writing commentaries …

Kate Bernheimer On Fairy Tale and Form (Part 2): Intuitive Logic & Normalized Magic


The fairy tale world continues to swirl around me. The water nixie is laughing. The pot of porridge is dancing on its head. In this 2-part post, I'm talking about Kate Bernheimer's 4 elements of fairy tale form and applying them to two fairy tales: The Water Nixie and The Sweet Porridge.   To read this post, go to …

Kate Bernheimer On Fairy Tale and Form (Part 1): Flatness & Abstraction


There's a wicked witch outside my window watching me type and I suddenly realise that my imagination has taken me away, and now, I'm inside a fairy tale. But what does being "inside" a fairy tale look like? What's its form? What logic does it use? And how does it all work, exactly? This post can now be found …