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About yvonnemarjot

I was born in Britain, grew up in New Zealand, and now live on an island on the west coast of Scotland. I fit my writing addiction around my teenage sons and a day job with the local Council. I will continue to write even if no-one reads my work, because it’s often the only thing that keeps me sane. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write poems and make up stories, and I once won a case of port in a poetry competition (NZ Listener, May 1996). In December 2012 I won the Britwriters Adult Poetry prize, and my first poetry collection, The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet, was published by Indigo Dreams. My novels, The Calgary Chessman, The Book of Lismore, and Walking on Wild Air are published by Crooked Cat.

Serendipity – and storytelling

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Originally posted on The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet:
Serendipity. Sometimes it’s all you could possibly ask for. This week I’ve had three unexpectedly inspiring experiences. Firstly, one of my fellow Crooked Cats spent the day here on the island on Monday…

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Treacle, and other Twisted Tales

Originally posted on The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet:
Here’s a snippet from my story ‘Maryika’s Christmas’, one of the 35 tales (some short, some long) in my short story collection, mybook.to/treacle . In the Crooked Cat sale, 28-30 August, the book is…

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Olga Swan: French Notes from a Broad

Originally posted on The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet:
Good morning, Olga. Welcome to The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet. Tell us about your new book. What genre does it belong to? What inspired you to write it? Is it based on history, or…

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Nevil Shute: a Study in Impeccable Writing

Originally posted on The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet:
I read a lot of Nevil Shute as a youngster – growing up in New Zealand, it was natural that his books should be in the library. I enjoyed them; he writes a…

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Why read Jane Austen?

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Originally posted on The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet:
{2017 celebrates the life of Jane Austen, and her death 200 years ago, on 18th July 1817} I suppose most of us were made to read one or another of Jane Austen’s small…

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