One Wise Woman

One Wise Woman

February marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of Britain's finest novelists and one of my literary heroines - Angela Carter. I have loved her writing for almost as many years as she has been gone, but it is her last novel - Wise Children - to whom my heart specifically belongs.

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National Poetry Day

Friday, September 16, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Posted by : Lisa

Think you don't like/can't write poetry? You haven't met the very talented Lucy Furlong. I'm excited to announce that I shall be helping this bloomin' marvellous poet - alongside my all the sins co-editor Sinead Keegan - to spread poetic joy and cheer this coming National Poetry Day - 6th October.

Non-planner's guide to planning

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Posted by : Lisa

Why is it that when you're trying to write the thing you should be writing - i.e. the novel - your brain decides to do a little dogleg and tell you that what you really should be doing is writing about how rubbish you are at planning? Procrastination? Don't get me started. For now, I give an amateur's eye view of how to plan when you're rubbish at planning.

When lists go bad

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Posted by : lisa

This time last year I had the genius idea of creating a list of things I wanted to achieve in my 39th year. Loads of other people had done similar things and it seemed ripe with possibility. What could possibly go wrong?

The List

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Posted by : lisa

I've decided to have my mid-life crisis a year early and do a bunch of slightly random, sometimes crazy, things to mark my 39th yeardom.

Best bits of 2014

Monday, January 5, 2015

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Posted by : lisa

Although unsure where the past 12 months have gone, it seems it's that time of year again where I have a little think about my favourite literary moments of the year and share them with you.

Interview with Shaun Levin, editor of The A3 Review

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Posted by : lisa

Shaun Levin - creator of Writing Maps and brand new publication The A3 Review - talks about his inspirations, love of publishing and teaching creative writing in a zoo.

Welcome to The Great Puzzle

My name is Lisa Davison. It's also Lisa Andrews - because we are never just one thing at one time, and I'm terrible with choice. I've been a journalist and editor for the past 20 years, writing features on everything from how to be the perfect tamagotchi parent - Remember them? No? You missed out - to how an energy company steered a course through the banking crisis.

 

I was also an entertainment and film journo for Heat magazine and popcorn.co.uk. My expert knowledge on celebrity sex lives is so last century, but I do still hold the dubious distinction of being the only person to write anything positive enough about Battlefield Earth for it to end up on the DVD cover.*

 

In 2016, I set up the digital literary and arts magazine all the sins with my co-editor Sinéad Keegan.

 

The Great Puzzle started out as a place for me to waffle on about reading, writing and my unhealthy fascination with paper. Now, it's starting to become a place where I waffle on about, well, anything, really. I can't promise that the weird posts about my obsession with paper will stop, though. You can find out more about what I do on the cunningly-titled About page. Thanks for falling down the rabbit hole with me...

 

* The quote was 'fantastic special effects'. 

Alice And Curtain Final

 

A word from the wise:

'The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.' Terry Pratchet

Archive

This week I am mostly reading:

Connect: how companies succeed by engaging radically with society - John Browne, Robin Nuttall, Tommy Stadlen