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ALLi Members Self Publishing Q&A June 2016

Each month Joanna Penn and I host a self-publishing Q&A live on Google Hangout, which is also available afterwards as a YouTube video and iTunes podcast. This month people want to know … How to go about the logistics of selling in different markets Splitting stories into self-contained series Paid-for advertising How to find bloggers for self-marketing purposes If you’re an ALLi member, there’s still time to submit a question: Click here to submit your questions Click this link to join the Ask ALLi Google+ Hangout Event and watch it live Date: 28th June 2016 Global Dates and Times: Time: 12noon PST…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing

ALLi Members Self Publishing Q&A May 2016

Each month Joanna Penn and I host a self-publishing Q&A live on Google Hangout, which is also available afterwards as a YouTube video and iTunes podcast. This month people want to know … How to set up a new book on Amazon Marketing advice for latest book Best practice for formatting a book If you’re an ALLi member, there’s still time to submit a question: Click here to submit your questions Click this link to join the Ask ALLi Google+ Hangout Event and watch it live Date: 31st May 2016 Global Dates and Times: Time: 12noon PST (Vancouver) / 3pm…

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What I Think Of WB Yeats: Guest Post By Marése O'Sullivan

I’ve always been intrigued by WB Yeats. As an English Literature graduate who specialised in Creative Writing, I suppose it’s only natural that his use of language inspired me. The evolution of his early poetry to late poetry, along with his distinctly visual plays, really made me consider the kind of person he must have been and, particularly, what led to his reckless evocation of love. Learning about his relationships with Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne gave me a deeper understanding of the man and his writing. I became interested in these fiery women who dominated his life. I’ve researched…

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Author interview about Yeats, Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne

On Saturday, I did an interview with Marese O’Sullivan, a young Irish student here in London who is fascinated by the Gonnes’ relationship with WB Yeats and wanted to know more about my motivation for writing the trilogy. Marese had a lot of questions, so we’re breaking the interview into three parts (so fitting for a trilogy!). In this one we discuss what drew me to writing books about these people and which of the three I like to write about most. And Marese describes WB Yeats and Maud Gonne as the iconic “non-couple” of the 20th century and asks…

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Readings of WB Yeats' Poetry

As a grand finale to the Yeats and Gonnes series of blog posts, we’ve lined up some readings from actress Fiona Shaw, author Edna O’Brien, singer and humanitarian, Bob Geldof  and finally, Mr WB Yeats himself. If you haven’t heard Yeats read before, prepare to be surprised. Fiona Shaw and author Edna O’Brien with an unusual interpretation of “When You Are Old” here.   Here Bob Geldof reads Easter 1916.   Fiona Shaw reads “The Cap And Bells” in this video. William Butler Yeats – The Cap And Bells… by poetictouch And finally, Yeats reads a selection of his poems here:

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WB Yeats Poems Inspired By Iseult Gonne

White bird: a symbol in Yeats’s poetry for both Iseult & Maud Gonne In “A Memory of Youth” Yeats acknowledged how his poetic inspiration had dried until the intervention of “a most ridiculous little bird [who] Tore from the skies his marvelous moon.” The little bird was Iseult Gonne, who saw herself as both pupil and teacher to Yeats. Their friendship was founded on intellectual and spiritual connection and an attempt by Yeats’ to cast her in the role of muse from which her mother had disqualified herself. At the time of his romantic attachment to Iseult, When he was seriously…

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Go Creative… With WB Yeats

WB Yeats: The friends that have I do it wrong/Whenever I remake a song,/Should know what issue is at stake:/It is myself that I remake. Last Week: Go Creative… With Haruki Murakami 1. “In the end the creative energy of men depends upon their believing that they have, within themselves, something immortal and imperishable, and that all else is but an image in a looking glass.” (From Autobiography.) 2. “Considering that, all hatred driven hence, The soul recovers radical innocence And learns at last that it is self-delighting, Self-appeasing, self-affrighting, And that its own sweet will is Read More

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WB Yeats Poems Inspired By Maud Gonne

Rosetti Pre-Raphaelite woman, a trope that inspired Yeats’s vision of Maud Gonne In the early part of his life, Yeats was a Romantic (capital R), heavily influenced by Rossetti, Shelley and other pre-Raphaelites and Romantics, in his ideas of what constituted a perfect love, and an ideal world. In the courtly love tradition, the poet deliberately woos a muse as a career move: to extend his spiritual and creative capacities. Dante’s pursuit of the unattainable Beatrice is the model for this “suffering of desire” that, Yeats believed, made Dante’s “the chief imagination of Christendom” in the sixteenth century. When Maud…

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Why WB Yeats, Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne?

Iseult Gonne I wrote last time about first hearing of the strange love triangle between WB Yeats, Maud Gonne and her daughter, Iseult. Iseult is less well known than her mother though her life story is equally dramatic, in a different sort of way. Born on August 6, 1894, she was the only surviving child from Maud’s thirteen-year affair with a married French politician and journalist, Lucien Millevoye. She lived with Maud who passed her off, variously, as her niece, her cousin, or as “a charming child I adopted”. But she did know Lucien and he acknowledged her as his daughter, if not…

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