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Varifocal

Varifocal

How the choice of person changes the narrative focus 

Dilys Rose
Narrative voice, whether first, second, or third person, can radically change the focus of a narrative, argues Dilys Rose, illustrating this with examples from her own work.
Listening as a schoolboy to the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s helped to shape Donny O’Rourke’s sense of what might be achieved in poetry. Here he pays tribute to some of the musicians who influenced him.
As a writer of historical fiction, John Pilkington has returned again and again to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, which he admires as much for their ‘warts-and-all’ honesty, as for the details they offer of seventeenth-century life.