Literary Birthday - 1 August - Warsan Shire

Happy Birthday, Warsan Shire, born 1 August 1988

Nine Quotes

  1. I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together.
  2. Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself - what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.
  3. At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.
  4. My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.
  5. His eyes were the same colour as the sea in a postcard someone sends you when they love you, but not enough to stay.
  6. Don't assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don't say anything you can't stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.
  7. You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, someone not everyone knows how to love.
  8. Perhaps, the problem is not the intensity of your love, but the quality of the people you are loving.
  9. But sometimes your light attracts moths and your warmth attracts parasites. Protect your space and energy.

Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer. In 2014 she was appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London.


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Literary Birthday - 31 July - Kim Newman

Happy Birthday, Kim Newman, born 31 July 1959

Four Quotes

  1. Writing. It's a trivial pursuit, hardly worth the effort, inconsequential on any cosmic level. It's just blood and sweat and guts and bone hauled out of our bodies and fed through a typewriter to slosh all over the plate.
  2. Good things come to an end, bad things have to be stopped.
  3. Dullards would have you believe that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth... but to a mathematical mind, the impossible is simply a theorem yet to be solved. We must not eliminate the impossible, we must conquer it, suborn it to our purpose.
  4. My tip for beginning freelancers is to write to the word-length, fit the template of whatever publication you’re writing for and deliver the copy well before the deadline.

Newman is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. He is the author of Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles and the Dracula series - Anno Dracula.


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