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Alyson Hallett luxuriates in an unusual writing week that’s actually mostly dedicated to writing, with a side serving of bonfires, friends, yoga al fresco and getting enjoyably lost in the woods.

‘Beginning writers should write about what they suspect, what they imagine, not what they know.’
‘”Avoid the use of abstract nouns”, he said, “that’s what’s holding your poetry back”. It was a revelation. Now its the first piece of advice I give. ‘