Amanda's Circus

St Petersburg – city of stories

I have just returned from chilly St Petersburg with its frozen canals, brilliant sunshine, sudden snowstorms, and the vast Neva River. I’ve always wanted to visit partly because I am fascinated by Russian history but mostly because I’ve always loved Russian literature and music. I’m thinking here of Dostoyevsky, Chekov, Tolstoy , Turgenev, Nabokov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, Shostakovich, […]

News

March 12th 2013: Had a great time at Liars’ League in London. The brilliant actor, Carrie Cohen, gave her all to ‘The Glorious Dolores’ . Free drinks too! What more could one wish for. March 1st 2013: Great news!! Liars’ League have accepted my story, ‘The Glorious Dolores’. It’s to be performed on March 12th […]

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

I’ve just finished – There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour’s Baby From the moment I began the first story, I was compelled to read with the same desperate energy that drives Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s characters to survive. These are fantastical stories, apocalyptic urban folk tales, sinister, surreal. This is optimism in […]

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl – a quiet voice talking

Earlier this year, the British government warned us that Britain was soon likely to become an offshore outlet for China, or something similarly outrageous. I had just finished reading Yiyun Li’s extraordinary collection of short stories, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl so China was on my mind. It was a fortuitous coincidence to discover a recording on […]

About writing, trickery and a little music