“Did you have much time to spend in the 1950s?” Serena wonders, “My mum says that her mum was a bit of a riot back then and that there was a real shake up for society,”
“There was, the 1950’s was the first time that a lot of teenagers were able to actually be teenagers. It reminded me of the late 1860’s which was the beginning of childhood as a real concept for wealthy kids in the west.” She slides a ticket proclaiming that Elvis will be performing, across the table to Serena. “I’d never seen somebody so free in years, certainly not a white musician anyway. It was a lot like listening to jazz, in terms of creative freedom to express yourself,”
Copyright Emily Morris 2020
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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