Author: Alan McCluskey

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Short story: The hedgehog at the end of the line

Short story: The hedgehog at the end of the line

“Whoops!” The man gave up prising a lump of wax from his ear and pointed a crooked finger at the page. “There’s a hedgehog at the end of the line.”  … Continue reading the short story on  Secret Paths Story Fragments.

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Illustration by Ben Jennings for George Monbiot’s article in The Guardian.

Stories of people who live far from the spotlight

In an article in The Guardian, George Monbiot urges us to pay attention to “(…) the story of people who live far from (…) the spotlight (..)” Untold stories are a central theme of my latest novel, Local Voices. Read more on Author's Notes.

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Cracks in the publishing system

Growing in the cracks in the publishing system

The opposition of French bookshops to the shortlisting of a self-published book underlines the cracks in the publishing system and the need to rethink it... Read more on Author's Notes.

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The Breath of Angels

The Breath of Angels

The sun seeps through tinted glass and arcs downwards causing dust motes to dance in the air only to settle softly across the aisle infusing life and light to time-worn stones (...) Click to see the photo gallery on Artworks.

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Shhhhh! Writing. New book.

Shhhhh! Writing. New book.

Shhhhh! Writing. New book. Follow-up to Stories People Tell. Annie promoting local voices. Seventy-five chapters so far. Eighty thousand words. Coming soon. Read more on Author's Notes.

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Denouncing shocking poverty levels in the US

Denouncing shocking poverty levels in the US

A UN Human Rights Council report reveals the shocking level of poverty in the United States. In an interview on Democracy Now with Philip Alston, author of the report, it was mentioned that the US is the only country in the world where the overall life expectancy is decreasing. Read more on Worlds Apart.

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Writing a sequel to Stories People Tell

Writing a sequel to Stories People Tell

Of course, I couldn’t resist. I began a sequel to Stories People Tell. It starts in Waterloo Station, in the press of commuters under this clock where an unpleasant surprise is awaiting Annie and her girlfriend Kevin. Read more on Author's Notes.

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The art of letting a story write itself

The art of letting a story write itself

The writing of a novel brings together a wealth of experience and know-how combined with an ability to surrender to a story and let it lead you. Read more on Author's notes.

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Beyond difference, a fiery oneness

Beyond difference, a fiery oneness

What essential commonness, uniting one to all, lies beyond the differences that distinguish each from all others? ... Read more on  Author's notes.

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Coming out of the publisher’s closet

Coming out of the publisher’s closet

In Boy & Girl Peter discovers that dressing like a girl is not at all akin to being in a girl’s head. Writing the novel was a real joy. Publishing it was tedious. However, promoting it was much more of a headache. Till now... Read more on Author's Notes