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Catching the Comet's Tail is a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing the creative process with blogger Sara Bran. Sara's personal blog, Notes from the Edge of Motherhood, containing articles on family life, motherhood and ageing was long-listed for a MAD Blog Award for Best Writer 2013, was Netmum's Blog of the Month twice and has been Freshly Pressed by Wordpress.

Sara lives in London with her two daughters, a husband and a cat.

Join her on Twitter @sarabran or follow the blog www.sarabran.com

Entries by Sara Bran

Viv Albertine: A State of Compulsion

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (22:01)

2014-06-05-vivbookcover_sm.jpgViv Albertine, guitarist in punk band The Slits, ceramicist, writer and actress has written an inspiring memoir, 'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys' about her experience of being one of the few women involved in the early UK punk scene, through...

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The Society of the Golden Slippers: Is This the Best Night Out in London?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2014 | (11:15)

It's the second stair from the top that gets me every time. I trip on it while balancing a drink under my chin as I struggle with a big oak door. I've usually spilled half my drink before stumbling into a room full of strangers. It's a Monday night at...

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How to Think Like a Photographer While Using a Smartphone: An Interview with Robert Goldstein

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2013 | (13:06)

In the age of the smartphone, many of us are recording and sharing our entire lives digitally. Nostalgia-infused phone apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram are just some of the accessible tools that have catapulted the idea of 'capturing the moment' into a new age. The instant share-ability and old-school...

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Writer & Stand-Up Viv Groskop: Laughter Lines

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2013 | (12:13)

This week, Catching the Comet's Tail features writer and stand-up Viv Groskop. Her memoir 'I Laughed I Cried: How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life' is based on the diaries she kept during a marathon run of 100 stand-up gigs in 100 nights.

Viv on...

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Artist Sandra Turnbull: Sense and Sensuality

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2013 | (09:27)

This week, Catching the Comet's Tail hosts artist Sandra Turnbull. A group show, I Love You Because, featuring 40 artist's interpretations of Elvis, opens next week in London and includes Turnbull's work. Prior to becoming an artist, Sandra co-managed the band Eurythmics and, after many years of nurturing the creativity...

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Musician Amanda Palmer: Spontaneous Intimacy

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (10:39)

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This week's Catching the Comet's Tail features musician, artist, and all-round creative maverick Amanda Palmer who is currently touring Europe with her band Grand Theft Orchestra. You may know Amanda from her inspiring TED talk on The Art of...

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Musician KT Tunstall: Desert Boots

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (13:08)

I am delighted to welcome singer/songwriter KT Tunstall to Catching the Comet's Tail. KT's new album, Invisible Empire// Crescent Moon, is as haunting and plaintive a record as you'll ever hear, capturing a unique time in the singer's life. Recorded over twenty days in the middle of the Arizona desert,...

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Author Ben Hatch: Cheese, Marriage and Qwerty Keyboards

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (12:15)

I'm delighted to welcome author Ben Hatch to Catching the Comet's Tail. Ben is a master of the kind of acute observation of family life that has you pondering the deeper significance of the type of breakfast cereal your spouse prefers. His last book, Are We Nearly There Yet? about...

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Author Matt Haig: Loving the Alien

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (09:45)

This week, Catching the Comet's Tail features author Matt Haig. I like to imagine that if, by some time-bending miracle, Rene Descartes could meet David Bowie at a space cafe where the only thing on the menu is peanut butter served on slices of philosophical bread, Matt would be there...

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Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (11:37)

This week, Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition. Rosie...

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Artist Ylva Kunze: Chance and Control

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (11:50)

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. This week, I spoke to Swedish contemporary artist Ylva Kunze during her first London show, Artist in Residence. Her canvases, informed by the woods and lakes of her childhood...

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Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (14:50)

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle. Her first novel, Queen's Gambit, based on the life of Henry VIII's sixth wife Katherine Parr,...

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Letting Men Into the Cult of Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (10:21)

I'm having a dilemma.

Am I a parent, or am I a mother?

Am I a uterus, or am I a person?

It sounds funny, but actually, it's quite serious. From the age of eleven, I have been reminded every few weeks of my 'reproductive potential'. Now, in my mid-forties,...

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A Chaos of Edges: Welcome to the Perimenopause

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (08:13)

Most women are born with their life quota of egg follicles, somewhere around 2 million of them. In an average life, these eggs diminish to about 750,000 by the onset of puberty to around 10,000 by the age of 45. Medically, the menopause describes the moment when a woman runs...

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Top 10 Spookiest Places in Britain

(23) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (23:00)

I am of a delicate disposition. Utterly invertebrate. Had I been born in a different era, I would have been a wan-faced, smelling-salt fainter type prone to swooning into the arms of that blonde bloke from Downton Abbey. Instead, in this robust moment in women's history, I am a secret...

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All This Scratching is Making Me Itch: Are Tights a Feminist Issue?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2012 | (13:03)

The leaves are coming down which means the tights are going up in our house. While the Teenage Songbird is dressing her shapely pins in skeins of sheer and shimmer, the Biscuit Thief and I are just plain itchy and scratchy. We, with our highly reactive 'sensitive' skins, practically BLEED...

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Do You Write 'Mother' on Your CV?

(2) Comments | Posted 24 August 2012 | (09:11)

You know that horrible twist of self-loathing you feel when you're doing something you don't really believe in? That sickening sense of the brick in the belly, the invisible snake that tightens around your throat and stops you from swallowing? Well I had it yesterday. Why?

Because I was writing...

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The Enduring Perfection of Nadia Comaneci

(1) Comments | Posted 31 July 2012 | (11:37)

One of my most abiding Olympic memories is of the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal Games. As I recall, there was a heatwave that summer, one that scorched its way across the US like a smoldering fuse-wire, raging through cities and forests, melting tarmac, setting prairies alight...

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Notes on Camping: Nature is All About Sex!

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2012 | (12:44)

I'm back from a camping sojourn in the sodden British countryside and I have to reveal a shocking truth; everything in nature is about sex.

Stuck in my urban flat, I don't notice these things; my 'outside' world mainly concerns fighting or buying stuff. In the countryside, it's all different.

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5 Things to Do This Half Term That Cost Under £1

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2012 | (12:53)

I'm really looking forward to half term week with my 6 year-old Biscuit-thief, and I'm determined not to watch Cbeebies even once, however much I miss it.

This is my top five list of things we'll be doing that cost under £1! Yes! These activities cost less than a sausage...

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