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In the light of the recent sexual misconduct cases, I have been questioning again the way that we tell story. The hero’s journey, taught on so many creative writing MFAs the world over, is still ou…
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Roshi Fernando was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2011, for her story The Fluorescent Jacket. She describes the impact of finding herself in the literary spotlight and the surprising consequences it had on her career
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I've been thinking a lot about the systems we buy into. Everything - everything - is a structural system. The internet has made structural systems into the general rule of success. Whatever we do, whatever we are, whatever we want to be: there is a system to buy into. It strikes me that those who are successful have a system, and those who want to be successful are trying to buy a system. [ 591 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2017/02/22/structure

I’ve been thinking a lot about the systems we buy into.  Everything – everything – is a structural system.  The internet has made structural systems into the general rule of succe…
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We are all gathered in that dead time zone: Saturday night, drizzle outside, nice warm sofa and nice supermarket curry burning a hole into impetus to move. We are staring at Apple TV menus. It is a ritual: we are all film fans. I hold the buttons, but always make concessions to the younger bretheren. I want to watch 'Son of Saul' - but 15 year old says… [ 1,524 more word ]

http://roshifernando.me/2017/01/08/nice-guys

We are all gathered in that dead time zone: Saturday night, drizzle outside, nice warm sofa and nice supermarket curry burning a hole into impetus to move. We are staring at Apple TV menus.  It is …
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On the common this morning, 7.50am, I heard a woman's voice shout: 'I DON'T CARE ABOUT UKIP OR DONALD TRUMP! I want to live my life with kindness and integrity! Now stop!' And I realised it was me. Shouting at my husband. Because once the debate starts, you feel the squashed down frustration rise within you, and when its raining, and you passed up a half hour of peaceful meditation at home in the warm in order to be with the person you love and spend some quality time with them walking across the dank, fog laden pasture, only for them to start fulminating about the world's crises, and you have brain freeze: of course, you're going to shout. [ 942 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/12/12/on-madness

On the common this morning, 7.50am, I heard a woman’s voice shout: ‘I DON’T CARE ABOUT UKIP OR DONALD TRUMP! I want to live my life with kindness and integrity! Now stop!’ A…
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This week, I was moved to get my hair cut. I say 'I was moved' because it came upon me as a directive, rather than a choice. My hair looked fine. I like my hair. It's curly and a little wild. But watching an episode of 'Friends' with my two teenaged daughters caused hair angst. Or so I thought. I looked in the mirror, thought - hey, let's get a fringe and some layers, so that when it grows, it grows into something nice. [ 912 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/11/24/dejas-vu

This week, I was moved to get my hair cut.  I say ‘I was moved’ because it came upon me as a directive, rather than a choice.  My hair looked fine. I like my hair. It’s curly and …
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We're in the era of Trump. We're in a moment, that moment we can breathe in, before we jump into a new, strange world. Post referendum, we're in that moment in Britain. Waiting until we jump. It's actually an OK place to be. It's a place where we can understand how we feel. We can regroup. We can make personal structural policy about how we go forward. [ 979 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/11/15/brave-old-world

We’re in the era of Trump.  We’re in a moment, that moment we can breathe in, before we jump into a new, strange world.  Post referendum, we’re in that moment in Britain.  Waiting…
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This morning's breakfast has been full of examples of artists demonstrating the notion of synchronicity. That combination of practice of their art - Gladwell's 10,000 hours - and the effortless confluence of the artists' spirit: a demonic work ethic driven by a need to complete a project they completely believe in, and then the sitting back and not recognising what they have achieved: because it is simply beyond what they had imagined they could do. [ 1,309 more word ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/11/05/synchronicity

This morning’s breakfast has been full of examples of artists demonstrating the notion of synchronicity.  That combination of practice of their art – Gladwell’s 10,000 hours &#821…
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I was never very good at sport. I had flat feet and asthma. When I was first diagnosed - at the age of four - there were no easy solutions. If you couldn't breathe, you'd lie down. Plastic, streamlined puffers were a thing of the future. When I was a little older, there were inhalers with plastic capsules that were pressed with inbuilt needles, so that you could inhale the powder inside. [ 746 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/11/01/throwing-cups

I was never very good at sport.  I had flat feet and asthma.  When I was first diagnosed – at the age of four – there were no easy solutions.  If you couldn’t breathe, you’d…
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I am a sad mummy this morning. My second child, Isobel, got on a plane to New Zealand yesterday evening. She is twenty four. She aims to be there a year, maybe forever, if they will let her. Three of us waved goodbye to her at the station. As the train approached, I held her to me and kissed her cheeks over and over, telling her it would be alright, while sobbing from my gut. [ 936 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/10/25/immigrant

I am a sad mummy this morning.  My second child, Isobel, got on a plane to New Zealand yesterday evening.  She is twenty four.  She aims to be there a year, maybe forever, if they will let her.  Th…
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I have arrived at a place where I'd like to stay, perhaps for the rest of my life. It is a very comfortable, forgiving sort of place, full of interest and challenge. I write in the morning and draw in the afternoon. I am finishing a book, which is going swimmingly, thank you for asking. I am starting to learn my craft, drawing-wise. [ 740 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/10/18/magic-ballet-pen

I have arrived at a place where I’d like to stay, perhaps for the rest of my life.  It is a very comfortable, forgiving sort of place, full of interest and challenge.  I write in the morning …
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I was asked to be the guest speaker at the Bristol Short Story Award prize giving event. This was fairly thrilling for me: I love meeting other writers. I love being with my people. My clan. There is something rather wonderful about the shorthands one can use, the friends of friends one meets, the daftness of writers. We're all, bar none, like the art teacher you admired when you were fourteen. [ 912 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/10/10/speech

I was asked to be the guest speaker at the Bristol Short Story Award prize giving event.  This was fairly thrilling for me: I love meeting other writers.  I love being with my people.  My clan.  Th…
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I was guest speaker at Bristol Short Story Prize yesterday evening, where Stefanie Seddon won - here she is with Tania Hershman and me in the Central Library. Wonderful occasion.

I've been making art. I have just started an MA in Illustration. I used to work as an illustrator about twenty something years ago. I did a course, and because I was so young, using the simple tools I was given, I made an advertisement which I put into newsagent's windows, saying I would take jobs large and small. This was in south London, and yes, jobs large and small came. [ 651 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/10/03/drawing

I’ve been making art.  I have just started an MA in Illustration.  I used to work as an illustrator about twenty something years ago.  I did a course, and because I was so young, using the si…
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We had a party. It was on our 28th wedding anniversary, and we were celebrating our fiftieth birthdays too. We are both a little anxious - we overthink things. If we are having a party, it must be as convenient as possible for our guests. The garden must be incredibly tidy and beautiful. And we must have an excellent time. It all seemed too much to do, and overwhelmed, we decided to… [ 717 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/09/20/slide

We had a party.  It was on our 28th wedding anniversary, and we were celebrating our fiftieth birthdays too.  We are both a little anxious – we overthink things.  If we are having a party, it…
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When we were kids, Tom and I were known for our professorial pronouncements, our willingness to learn doctrines of literature, languages, records of sportsmanship and musicians. We were a little overwhelming with our facts. In the seventies, it was alright to laugh at nerds. It was alright to punch them. Our elder siblings to a lesser or greater extent, did so, and in doing so, I think did us an enormous favour. [ 634 more words ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/09/09/geekdom

When we were kids, Tom and I were known for our professorial pronouncements, our willingness to learn doctrines of literature, languages, records of sportsmanship and musicians.  We were a little o…
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We've had one of those brilliant weekends which brings everything into focus. I have a significant birthday coming, and the two older children were born at the beginning and the end of August, so we all gathered here on Friday. We spent Saturday making food, eating food, and then around a campfire with a ukelele, a guitar and cake. We are all inveterate singers. [ 1,022 more word ]

http://roshifernando.me/2016/08/15/kilim

We’ve had one of those brilliant weekends which brings everything into focus.  I have a significant birthday coming, and the two older children were born at the beginning and the end of Augus…
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