1. Rebelling against the old Arab adage, the Palestinian novelist Emile Habiby ‘believed that it was possible, and even useful, to “carry two watermelons under one arm” – that is, to take up both literature and politics’. The risk, of course, being that you will drop and smash both. Everyone who knows me knows I care about Palestine. And Ukraine. And Syria. And feminism, and diversity in media and publishing, and climate change and the godawful iSore tourist tower planned for Brighton seafront . . . But this year I realised that I could not do two full-time jobs – write an SF novel a year and be a 100% committed activist – and two part-time jobs – teach and read Tarot cards – and stay sane, let alone keep even one of my passions tucked snug in my armpit. I decided to prioritise my writing and, while always allowing…

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          Here we are once more, gearing up for the annual winter whirl of gift-giving, soul-searching & future-facing. If you’re looking for an unusual present for the person who has everything, I am offering Tarot Card Reading gift certificates this year. Sensitive and compassionate, my readings are intended as opportunities for the querent to pause and reflect on their journey through life. Each purchase comes with a free signed copy of my pamphlet Red Hot & Bothered – a spicy stocking stuffer, or collectible little treat for you, the weary online shopper! Price: £20 – includes a Gift Certificate for a 1/2 hr Tarot reading at my flat in Kemp Town (easily accessible by bus from Brighton Station or seafront walk from the pier) or my summer stall on East St (weekends only from April); plus a copy of Red Hot & Bothered, signed and posted…

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