Interview: Neil Lovell, 2017 Judge

Tell us a bit about yourself. It’s one of those questions you hope you don’t get asked but, I will give it a go. I studied English and Social Science about 100 years ago, or at least that’s what it seems like. My first full time job was as a graduate trainee in an ad agency, and although most of my working life has been in the commercial sector I moved into the not for profit world about 8 years ago. I live in Borough in Central London so I am not short of things to do in my downtime. I am also a bit of a petrol head – mostly hankering after modern classic cars as they remind me of when I first started to drive in the mid-1980s. I am a bit of a lazy reader. I go from one extreme to another f

'Dark' Writing Prompts

Dark team here. If the prompts last week were too bright, happy, or sappy for you, here’s some “DARK” ideas to get you thinking… The dark as a place to hide from the world. Darkness as malleable: “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” “There is the darkness of lovers and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.” - Sarah J. Maas. Goodbyes and endings. Do things that happen in the dark have consequences? What’s the most evil and twisted thing you’ve ever done, thought or said? Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt--“There are tears for things and mortal

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