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Reconquista at Storytelling TOMORROW

 The Storytelling tent at Crystal Palace Overground Festival will be open for business tomorrow at 11:00. You can find it on the edge of the Family Zone, just behind the Youth Takeover sound stage.  There will be improvised stories, from Twice Shy Theatre, South London Tales from Jo Clayton, Story Cycler and a Story Circle from the Beckenham Storytellers.

Reconquista is in the tent at 5 o’clock in the afternoon ( 17:00 ) when J. J.Anderson, the author, will be telling ‘The Story Behind the Story’ of Reconquista and reading dramatised extracts from the novel. Be sure to get there in plenty of time for a seat.

Having a Bedouin tent does lend itself to Reconquista, set in Al Andalus, though it’s also very appropriate for Storytelling in general. Think of The Arabian Nights, One Thousand and One Nights, Sheherazade and Omar Khayam. The tent will be laid out in Arabian style, with floor matting, wall hangings, lanterns and little tables. There will also be a special Storytelling Chair – no one knows what it looks like but one is going to be delivered, by a local antique shop, on the day.

‘Performing’ a story is different from reading from it, or discussing it with an interviewer. There is only the storyteller ( and her sound effects ) and she has to catch and retain everyone’s attention, so it can’t just be a reading – people would either be asleep or walk out!  So the author has taken lots of advice from experienced and professional storytellers and she’ll be watching closely on the day those people who precede her.

The weather forecast is good – sun with some clouds and dry and warm – there’ll be plenty to enjoy in the sunshine.  As well as Storytelling, there’s The Spoken Word tent and two sound stages, with Morcheeba headlining on the main stage in the afternoon. There’s the Vintage Zone, for all things old and nearly new, including dance lessons ( if you want to learn the Lindy Hop ) and the Arts and Crafts Zone, if you want to learn how to make things. Also, check out the Urban Farm and the biggest dog show in South London. You can find all these listed in the Festival Programme, for sale on the day in the Park.

It all happens tomorrow! And it’s all FREE!

But there’s lots to do before then for the people running the Festival, starting at 9.30 on Saturday morning when we all put on our hi-vis jackets ( and headsets for those running tents ) and add the finishing touches to the tents. Storytelling has bunting for outside as well as hangings and lanterns inside.

Check that the sound system is working, test the mics and make sure that there’s plenty of bottled water for the performers ( plus fresh fruit ).  And we’ll have to find out where the ‘back-stage’ area is ( close by ) so there’s somewhere to escape to if needed. Then it’s everyone to the main stage for a final briefing before the gates open.

Eleven o’clock – here we go!

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The Story Behind the Story

Reconquista was published in Spring 2016 and launched at the Clapham Book Festival ( see Sunshine and Flamenco Guitar ). But the writing of it began many, many years before, when the god-son of the author, a thirteen year-old named Luke, first came to visit Jerez de la Frontera.

Luke liked numbers and mathematics, but also history and his god-mother thought about how to engage him with the places in the ancient town and the events that had happened there long ago. So she began to write a story which was then called ‘On the Frontier‘, beginning with the siege of Jerez by King Alfonso X in 1264.

It’s main character, as readers of Reconquista will know, was Nathan, a fourteen year old ( which was, at the time, what Luke wanted to be ). He had an older cousin named Rebecca who lived with Nathan and his father . Rebecca is the name of Luke’s younger sister.

Just to be fair to the author’s other god-son, she included a character called Thomas of Whelmstone, an English doctor who had come to Jerez with the King so as to learn to be a surgeon. The real Thomas was then studying at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London to be a surgeon and he came from a place in Devon named Whelmstone Barton. His brother is named Ben.  Of course, there is a character named Ben Isaacs in the book, although he isn’t related to the Thomas of Whelmstone character and, in fact is nothing like the real Thomas’s brother.

So the story began and the author sent the first two chapters to Luke, her god-son.  He had soon read them and wanted more, which was when his god-mother realised that she had better work out just what was going to happen in the story, from the beginning right through to the end. She realised that she was actually writing a novel. The rest of the story was eventually sent to Luke, chapter by chapter.

Years passed.

The writer wrote other books, like her short story collection The Village. She set up The Story Bazaar web-site and social media sites. But the manuscript of Luke’s story was always at the back of her mind. Then in 2015 she decided to get it out and look at it again.  Luke was now a young man, he was working in the accounts department of a charity in the Midlands and he had long since forgotten Nathan and Rebecca, Atta and Senor Thomas.

On the Frontier‘ wasn’t anywhere near ready for the wide world. It had to be thoroughly edited and much of it was re-written, to put much more emphasis upon the three young protagonists. The title was changed ( the author asked readers of her web-site to nominate their favourite, see Vote for your Favourite Title ) and the new book produced. Then Reconquista was published, with a dedication just inside its frontispiece to Luke, Rebecca, Thomas and Ben.

The author will be talking about the story behind the story and reading from Reconquista in the Storytelling tent at Crystal Palace Overgound Festival on 17th June at Crystal Palace Park. Come along and listen! It’s FREE!

The First Draft

Relief, that’s the first reaction.typewriter-584696_1280

Then a touch of astonishment that it’s finally done. You’ve been working on the first draft, making those marks on the blank page or screen for months and now it finally reaches its end. Yes, all four hundred pages of it.

This is swiftly followed by the realisation of just how much work there is still to do.  For, however hard it has been to write your first draft, it is only the beginning. Now you have to go back to the actual beginning and start again, re-reading and re-writing.

In some ways the first draft is the most difficult, because the words you are putting on the page or screen are new. There will be times when the story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, or anywhere exciting or interesting. Even with a plot sketched out and, in my case, having a synopsis of each chapter’s action, one can write oneself into an impossible place. So, late in my draft, I found one of my protagonists was, literally, cornered and there was no plausible way to get him out of the situation he was in. I had no alternative but to discard most of that chapter, to re-write it and aspects of earlier chapters which led up to it.

But this is what the first draft is about, at least for me. It means getting a consistent, believable and engaging story on the page, including characters who the reader will care about and underlying themes which register without overburdening the story. Developing those characters into three dimensions and  bringing themes out further, without banging the reader over the head with them, is what later drafts are for. Capturing the places and times, the subtleties of action and reaction in perfect prose (not that mine ever is), all this can take place once the first draft is done.

I’m sure other, more experienced and better authors are more skilled and simply more efficient than I am and it probably doesn’t take them as long, because they do some of these things as they go along, but they too will create the first draft.

Yet in other ways the first draft is easy.  One doesn’t have to care too much about the wordsmithing, this can always be addressed later. Reaching one’s daily or weekly writing targets is much easier, as you don’t have to concentrate on the detail, just getting the words down. Several successful writers of my acquaintance have daily/weekly word targets, but acknowledge that these are more easily met during the first draft.

Recently I read Stephen King’s On Writing and was pleased to find him advising new writers to set themselves writing targets, 1,000 words a day to begin with, something I had used to advise many years ago when I, briefly, taught creative writing. And, in the first draft, a goodly proportion of those 1,000 words might be clichés, but hey, they’re words so they count.

So what’s next? Well, I tend to step back for a short while, then return to the first draft and read it through all at once, trying to take an over view on structure, character and theme. Do I actually have that ‘consistent, believable and engaging story on the page’? What changes do I need to make to ensure that it is so?

And then? Well, that’s when the hard work really begins……

Reconquista at Crystal Palace Overground Festival

17th June is the date for south Londoners determined to have a good day out at the FREE Crystal Palace Overground Festival.

In Crystal Palace Park, the Festival gates open at eleven in the morning and the music goes on until nine o’clock at night. But Overground is about much, much more than music. There’s the Vintage Zone, stalls, music and dancing ( lindy hop or twist anyone ), the Family Zone with a Performance tent, Arts and Crafts and, for the first time this year, tents celebrating The Spoken Word and Storytelling ( and there’s a book tent with book signings by authors who speak at the Festival ).

Julie Anderson, author of Reconquista, is organising the Storytelling tent. This is very much performance based. So we have Twice Shy Theatre, winners of the Best Alternative Act, London Cabaret Awards 2015, who create impromptu stories using suggestions from and the experiences of members of the audience. Zoie weaves her wordy magic, while Des creates an underpinning sound scape.At midday Twice Shy take over the tent ( I’m hoping for a real Mongolian yurt, if it’s owner will lend it to us ) to develop some tales with the audience (they will be back to develop some more at 2.30).

Jo Clayton, the StoryCycler, formerly Practitioner in Residence at the Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside, begins in Storytelling at 1.15 in the afternoon, with her South London Fairy Tales, suitable for ages from 9 to 90.

Then we have Story Places, the stories devised by local story tellers specifically set in or about Crystal Palace Park ( working with folk from Southampton University ).  The Uni has developed a special app for mobile phones which allows users to be ‘in’ a story set in a specific place. A specially commissioned story from writer and actress Katie Lyons ( who, it is hoped, will perform it ) will start things off. Listeners can leave the tent and load the app on to their phones in order to ‘walk the stories’ in the park.

At some point in the afternoon we hope to be starting another walk from the tent, the Adventure Maze procession, for any younger folk who will enter the Maze with their story books in hand, to meet magical characters, the spirits of the trees and places in the Park, as well as people who have lived there or been associated with it. An analogue version of the Story Places app, but with ‘real’ characters within the maze.

Then, at five o’clock it’s Reconquista time. I am hopeful of acquiring a set and some props as well as a few helpers, rather better readers than yours truly, to re-create scenes from the story. I will, however, be signing copies of the book in the Book Tent earlier in the day.

Storytelling closes with the Beckenham Storytellers at 6.15 p.m. creating their Story Circle, telling tales about south London life.

So, if you enjoyed reading Reconquista and live in London come along to the Storytelling tent at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival on 17th June to meet the author and listen to some fabulous tales.  See you there!

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Has a strange co-incidence ever happened to you? Something which made you feel a bit uncertain.

That happened to me recently. If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you will have read my piece about hunting with hawks, called Hunting with Birds. I’m interested in that right now because the sequel to ‘Reconquista‘ includes a new character who is a falconer. So I have to learn about hawks.

Well, I was in Spain and I happened to be writing a chapter in which two of my main characters are up in the Sierra El Endrinal. They take shelter on a mountain ledge which, they discover, is also home to a pair of birds of prey. It was a lovely sunny day, with the temperature in the twenties so I went out with a friend to her place at the beach. Another friend joined us and, after giving the dogs a run around and buying food to make a good picnic, we headed out to his house in the campo or countryside. This gave me some useful background for my book and made the three dogs who accompanied us very happy indeed.

While out walking in the countryside one of the dogs began behaving strangely. She wouldn’t leave a particular patch of ground and was sniffing around. We soon found out why. Half hidden in a pile of fallen leaves there was a bird, its beady eye almost the only element which distinguished it from the mound of leaves and sticks around it.

Taking great care, we brushed away the leaves to reveal a wonderful creature, a young hawk. It had a rounded head and a vicious, hooked yellow beak, but also bright yellow-ringed black eyes and feathers which ranged from pale fawn to deep brown and black. It’s plumage wasn’t fluffy, so we new that it had fledged a while before, but it wasn’t the size of a fully mature bird. It also, quite clearly, had a broken wing.

The dogs were put in the car and we set about persuading the bird from its hiding place. It couldn’t fly and, if Wendy the dog could find it, so could other creatures which might be less innocently curious. If we left it where it was it would probably die or be killed.

Eventually we got the bird out and my friend placed it, cradling it delicately in her hands and ignoring it’s beak and talons, into a large cardboard box lined with old clothes . Off we set to find a refuge or rescue centre. But the sun was already setting in a blaze of red on the horizon. By the time we got to any habitation it would be much too late to find anywhere that was open.

So it came to stay with me. A wild hawk was my house guest.

It was a lovely and beautiful creature, with a fierce, quick-moving eye. When it was startled its feathers bristled and it seemed to glower at me for bringing it to my home. I provided it with water, but I didn’t have any dead rodents to hand, so I tried raw bacon, the only other meat product I had available.

Hawk was unimpressed. We stared at each other for a while.

It was warm in the room and the hawk, not to mention me, grew drowsy. I cut extra air-holes in the top flaps of the box and weighted the lid down, so as to prevent the bird from escaping and damaging itself trying to fly. After a few minutes I heard it settle down, presumably to sleep, and I went off to do the same.

When morning came Hawk was restless and emitted little whistling sounds, followed by one hair-raising shriek.  It probably scared my neighbours. They must have wondered what the sound was, coming from my flat on a Sunday morning. But I took it as a good sign. Hawk was alive and kicking. My friend, having finished her shift at the local hospital, came to collect it and took it to a bird recuperation centre.

Just yesterday, she contacted me to say that Hawk was doing well and the rescue people thought it would make a full recovery! This was my co-incidence.

Unfortunately I couldn’t take any photographs of my hawk – the flash on my camera would have frightened it, So the pics here are of other birds.

Reconquista at the Clapham Book Festival 2017

This year’s Clapham Book Festival takes place on May 6th at Omnibus in Clapham, South London.  And at half past three in the afternoon, J.J.Anderson, the author of Reconquista, will be leading a discussion on writing history, both fictional historical novels and non-fiction history books. The session is called The Past is Another Country.

She will be talking with Elizabeth Fremantle, author of The Girl in the Glass Tower, a Times Book of the Year 2016, about her novels set in Tudor and Stuart England. The Girl follows the tragic story of Arbella Stuart, the Queen England never had.

Julie Anderson will also be talking with Robin Blake, whose North Country coroner Titus Cragg solves all manner of mysteries in 18th century, pre-industrial Preston, with the aide of his trusty colleague and local doctor Luke Fidelis. His latest novel featuring the crime-busting duo is Skin and Bone.

The fourth member of the discussion is Simon Bershon, award-winning TV documentary film maker, whose history book Warlords was made into a series for Channel 4. Simon has just started to write historical fiction and his book, Woman of State, is published in the Summer.

There are other events on the Programme, beginning at 2 o’clock in the afternoon with ‘Death in the Afternoon’  This is a panel discussion chaired by Natasha Cooper, crime writer and former Chair of the British Crime Writers Association.  Authors taking part are Sabine Durrant, whose bestselling ‘Lie with Me‘ is a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice; J.P.Delaney whose new book ‘The Girl Before‘ is already winning praise. The fourth writer is Clapham-based Annemarie Neary, whose new novel ‘The Orphans‘ comes out in July and is set in and around Clapham.

The third panel discussion of the afternoon is at 5.00 entitled Spies Under the Bed. This is chaired by novelist Elizabeth Buchan, whose latest novel The New Mrs Clifton‘ is set in post-WWII Clapham and whose previous book ‘I Can’t Begin to Tell You‘ told the story of Danish Resistance fighters and the SOE. On this panel are Andrew Lownie, Chair of the Biographers Club and author of a new biography of Guy Burgess ‘Stalin’s Englishman‘, Jane Thynne, creator of Clara Vine, British spy in 1930s Germany, who features most recently in ‘Solitaire‘ set in war-time Berlin and Rick Stroud, historian and author of ‘Kidnap from Crete; the true story of the abduction of a Nazi general‘ and ‘The Phantom Army of Alamein; the men who hoodwinked Rommel‘ .

From 6.30 until 7.30 there is a general open session in the Omnibus Bar attended by a number of Clapham writers, including the author of Reconquista, and then at 7.30 broadcaster and author Kate Adie in conversation with Simon Berthon.

You can find out more about the Festival and its Programme of events on the Clapham Book Festival web-site. Tickets are on sale for The Past is Another Country on the Omnibus web-site. They cost £10 ( £8 concessions ). Or you can follow the Festival on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

If you want to find out about the 2016 edition of the Festival take a look at Clapham Writers web-site.


The Sequel

dfw-ja-r-cover-3d-nologoI am now just over half way through writing (I think) the sequel to ‘Reconquista‘ and I’ve just been to Jerez to concentrate on doing more. At just over two hundred pages, I’m getting to a particularly difficult part.

Like the Battle of Tarif-Al-Ghar in the first book, there is a big set-piece action scene in the sequel. Such elements are notoriously hard to get right, especially when, as in this and the earlier book, the action is viewed at roughly the same time by a number of different characters located in different places. So quite a lot of work has to go into establishing overall exactly what happens, where and when, before determining who can see, and hear, what and when.

One group of my characters is inside, so their view of what is happening is restricted to what they can see from a window and what they can hear. Yet others are caught up, separately, in parts of what is happening.

Being able to portray an ‘epic’ event in this way is one of the advantages of having a group of characters from whose point of view the story is being told. A single protagonist, or central character, might give the reader a more immersive
sword-790815_1280experience of that character, but cannot show more than what a single character hears, sees or feels and, unless they have an omnipotent position, that is necessarily limited. That’s not to say that such a viewpoint would have less power, it could be very powerful ( that would depend on the writing ) but it wouldn’t give the reader such an over-arching view.

the-villagee-book It depends what the author is reaching for. I have realised that I like a whole to be created by a sum of parts, as in the twelve inter-locking stories in ‘The Village’, my previous book. ‘Reconquista’ was similar, though a single tale, it had multiple strands within it. At some point I am going to have to move away from this structure, though, for the moment I’m happy with it – having multiple points of view also enables the author to create lots of excitement, which is what’s required in an adventure story.

I did lots of writing while I was away, but there were one or two remarkable distractions which will find their way into the book ( I will blog about those separately ).

As November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month I’m not the only person writing. There are people all over the english-speaking world writing novels, just as I am.  Take  look at the NaNoWriMo web-site to see what it’s all about.  Check out the NaNoWriMo Development Programme too, for people aged 17 and under. Last year over 633 regions across logo_of_national_novel_writing_monththe globe took part. So far this year 15,689,293 words have been written (there is a counter showing the number of words on the site). The deadline for all the writers is 11.59 on 30th November, when they all plan to have written a novel of at least 50,000 words.

The sequel to ‘Reconquista’ is going to be longer than that, but I will think of all those NaNoWriMo writers for inspiration, as I look out at the amazing ‘super Moon’, which was even clearer in Jerez than it is in London.

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Stop Press Stop Press

Reconquista_Cover_for_KindleReconquista‘ has been long-listed in the prestigious Children’s Novel 2016 competition.

Organised by the magazine ‘Mslexia‘ to encourage new writing by women, this year’s competition received over a thousand entries.  The long list, of the top one hundred books will now be read by a panel of judges, including former Children’s Laureate and award winning novelist Anne Fine, literary agent Claire Wilson and the Children’s Editor of ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, Charlotte Eyre before being whittled down to a twelve novel short list.  The short list will be announced at the beginning of December.

The list will be further shortened to the five finalists, who will be invited to a special mslexialogo_whitebackgroundevent in London with literary agents.  The five finalists and the eventual winner will be announced in Mslexia magazine in Spring 2017. The winner will receive £5,000. Winners in recent years, of this and its sister prize, have gone on to win major publishing contracts.

So fingers, and toes, crossed for ‘Reconquista’ and watch this space.


Hunting with Birds

bonellis-eagle-stephenIn the sequel to ‘Reconquista‘ we meet a new character, a falconer.

In medieval Europe just about everyone hunted. Game was part of everyday food supplies and, in country areas, was sometimes, with fish, the main form of protein.  ‘The birds of the sky and the fishes of the deep are common property‘ was a commonly held belief, according to the 12th century John of Salisbury, though often not one shared by the landowners. Outside of the towns, all classes used birds in hunting and it was only the introduction of land enclosure ( at least in England ) and the development of accurate sporting guns which led to its decline.

We know that a hierarchy for hunting with birds existed, though it was probably the high cost of Falconerspurchase and training of the larger, rarer birds and of having the land to fly them on, which meant that these became the birds of the aristocracy. Kings and Princes were keen to protect their birds and their hunting rights.  Upon his accession to the throne of Castile and Leon in 1252, Alfonso X decreed that ‘no one may dare to remove either hawk or falcon or sparrowhawk from my kingdoms without my order‘.

History has many examples of ransoms, fines and rents being paid wholly or in part with hawks.  As late as 1764 the Dukes of Atholl were granted the feudal tenancy of the Isle of Man for a ‘rent’ of two white gyrfalcons, to be paid to WhiteGYrpaintingmonarchs upon their coronation. There is also a story that a medieval Bishop of Ely, whose hawk was stolen from the cloisters while he was preaching. He re-mounted the pulpit and swore to excommunicate the perpetrators of the theft.  The bird was returned.

Gyrfalcons ( falco rusticolus ), especially white ones, were much desired. When King Edward I of England sent a gift of four gyrfalcons to his brother-in-law, King Alfonso X in 1282, he apologised for their being grey  not white. The ‘Greenland’ white falcon was most prized, but falcons generally were considered royal birds – avis regia.

In the Rich Codex copy of the Cantigas de Santa Maria there is an illustration of Alfonso, out heron alfonsohuntinghunting with falcons (see right). Like many monarchs of his time, female as well as male, Alfonso was fond of the chase, seeing it as good physical exercise and preparation for warfare.  The connection between war and hunting has been maintained until relatively modern times – the Duke of Wellington, for example, included a pack of foxhounds in his entourage for war against Napoleon.

ImperialIberianEagleFalconry, it was claimed, by no less than the Holy Roman Emperor, ‘enables nobles and rulers disturbed and worried by the cares of state to find relief in the pleasures of the chase‘.  Mary, Queen of Scots enjoyed it and so did Catherine the Great. Incidentally, there is historical evidence of eminent women falconers, most famously in Japan, where the Masayori training method was devised by a woman falconer in the second century CE.

The eagle was, traditionally, the imperial bird, but was rarely used in medieval Europe, being very difficult to keep and train, though there are records of its use in Central Asia.  So I’m afraid I have stretched credulity a little by including a semi-tame Imperial Eagle ( aquila heliaca ) in the new book, together with a white gyrfalcon named Abyssa.

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Walking the Streets

jerezsept2016 I’ve just returned from Jerez, where it was thirty-two degrees and sunny – still Summer really.  So I didn’t get to go up to the mountains as I’d hoped, it was still just too hot, I’ll have to wait for cooler times.  I was, however, able to do some other research, mainly into specific places within the old town of Jerez and into timings – which will help with my writing of the sequel to ‘Reconquista‘.

The events of the next book take place over about a fortnight, but a lot happens in that time.  Just like the first book, the tale is told from the points of view of a number of characters so I jerezsept20163need to be specific about where each of them are and when (sometimes they miss each other, or avoid each other, by seconds). So I was striding around the narrow streets within the old town to work out approximately how long it would take to get from one point to another.  The street pattern may, in places, have changed since the 13th century, but the distances remain the same.

Anyone observing me would have wondered just what this middle-aged English woman was up to, consulting her watch and making notes before starting off again. Something nefarious perhaps, like planning a quick getaway after a robbery. Maybe it’s just as well that I didn’t attract the attention of the local Guardia Civil.

As usual I spent some time at the Alcazar, which is a lovely place to sit and write, although this time I did so outside in its orange grove or Patio de los Naranjas, overlooking the Cathedral of San Salvador.

jerezsept20162I drove out of town with a friend, which enabled me to look back towards the city and see what my characters would see as they approached it.  The topography is undulating and the old city was at a high point, but the gradient isn’t uniform, so parts of the walls are on a relatively flat surface, whereas elsewhere the land falls away sharply, especially from the Alcazar and nearby.

Anyone journeying from the coast to the west would see the towers of the Alcazar first, high up on its hill, whereas anyone approaching from the east would see the city walls rising out of a plain. Whether or not these vistas will feature in the final book I don’t know, but it was important to me that I knew about them.

The book is taking shape, though I’m only just half way through the first version.  Like its predecessor it will have three sections. I’m sticking with the classic ‘story of a journey‘ structure – characters set out, they journey, they come home.

Part One is ‘In the City‘ and Part Three ‘Returning‘, but I have not decided on the title for Part Two though I’m using ‘In the Mountains‘ for now. In this volume there will also be an Epilogue, showing what happens to the characters in the future. This should ensure that I won’t be tempted to write any more about them – the next book in the series will be set approximately two hundred and thirty years after the second.

Now, however, I must properly type up all those sections which I scribbled down on bits of paper when I was away – I didn’t, on this occasion, take my lap-top, something I’m beginning to regret.

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