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Bethany Askew Novelist

Novels, short stories and poems


I like to write about  women's lives and relationships, and am particularly interested in women's position in society, their role as wives and mothers, and the effects of marriage and divorce on family life.

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Short stories

"The Night of the Storm" is the first short story I have written and was based, in true Mary Shelley style, on a dream I had one night. When I woke up I scribbled down the bare bones of it immediately before it disappeared from my mind...        

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Ideas for poetry pop into my mind at the most unlikely times: when I’m driving, or doing something boring like the housework, or just before I go to sleep at night, thinking over what has happened during the day.    

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Recent Blogs

Coleridge in Love: The Two Saras

July 10, 2020  |  No comment

Coleridge in Love: The Two Saras Samuel Taylor Coleridge had a theory on love  “Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.” Love, he felt, was generous. “I can neither retain my happiness nor my faculties unless I move, live and love in perfect freedom.” He wrote to his wife Sara.  That meant that his wife, must accept and love the people he loved,  including Sara Hutchinson.  Sara was the younger sister of Wordsworth’s wife Mary....
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