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Just in case any Wordwatchers out there are feeling poetic …
Bennison Books is crowdsourcing poetry! No, we don’t want your money: we want your words.
We plan to publish an anthology of poetry written by both published and unpublished authors. As long as your poem is in the English language and no longer than 50 lines, it will be considered for inclusion. Shorter poems are especially welcome.
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I know, I know, I haven’t posted for ages and to add insult to injury this is blatant advertising. But in mitigation… oh, who I am kidding, there is no mitigation.
Anyways, here it is: the latest Bennison Books publication: Ghost Writings. I’m kind of proud of it. It took ages to do and it’s got lots of good stuff in it:
- detailed introductory notes by a bona fide expert, Neil Wilson;
- lots of author biographies, including the acknowledged ghost story masters as well as literary giants who wrote in the genre;
- a section on female writers’ enormous contribution to the genre;
- a recommended reading list (not for the faint-hearted; make sure your doors are locked);
- M. R. James’ essay about ghost story fiction;
- an entry on the mysterious ‘B’; and
- a brief overview of research into supernatural phenomena and some of the more famous first-hand accounts of ghostly encounters.
Here’s the blurb:
This is a basic guide to writing well. Aspects of grammar and punctuation that commonly cause confusion are demystified in plain English. You’ll find clear instructions on the correct use of possessive apostrophes, commas, speech marks, hyphens and semicolons.
Other topics include the subjunctive, split infinitives, and the difference between ‘fewer’ and ‘less’. You can also learn more about active and passive sentences; commonly used foreign words and phrases; and word classes, including nouns, adjectives and verbs.
Also included is a brief, no-nonsense guide to politically correct language.
Coming soon: a paperback version.