Author: Kristina Adams

VIDEO: Restless Minds at Jazz & Poetry

To promote and sell copies of Restless Minds, myself and a couple of other poets performed at local event Jazz & Poetry in November. Here I read out my poem from Restless Minds ‘Portrait of my Nan as an Armchair’, as well as two of my other poems: ‘Hypoglycaemia’ and ‘Domestic Bliss’.

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The Writer’s Christmas Gift Guide

So you’ve got a writer to buy for and don’t know how to show that you’re supportive? There’s only so many times you can ask ‘How’s that novel/poem/short story/screenplay coming along?’ (Please note that these kinds of questions are also incredibly annoying. If you’re going to ask, mention the name of a specific project—it shows you’re actually interested.)

This writers’ Christmas gift guide has suggestions for a variety of budgets and writers. Happy shopping!

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How the Media Uses Language to Manipulate You

I grew up in a town where English was a subject that was looked down on. How could you possibly need to study English any more when you already know how to read and write? What’s the point in studying plays and poetry and language acquisition? The point is because the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.

Language is an incredible tool and like any great power, can be used for good and evil. What’s important is how you use it. How you say something is often more important than what you actually mean.

Take the following clip from Russell Howard’s Good News. It shows the difference between Ebola coverage in the US and the UK.

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