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Using real names andorganisations in stories

I'm seeking other writers' opinions on this topic. In my current story, and the previous one which both involve a fictional character Harriet who is making a name for herself on the British stage, I have added some characters who just might be based on real people but with names changed. Recently, Harriet obtained a role in one of the most famous companies in England who are based in Stratford, the home of Shakespeare. Maybe I am over-reacting, but after using their real name in a few chapters, I've decided to be cautious and changed it to the Imperial Shakespeare Company.

Hatch, Match and Dispatch

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For Australian readers who missed it, there is a new program 'Hatch, Match and Dispatch' on ABC1 television, on Thursdays at 8pm. It comprises stories from the New South Wales registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and in Episode 2 broadcast on Thursday 18th February, it features a ballet dancer called Julia who is transgender and comes to change her name. It is joyful but painfully sad since her parents won't recognise her any more. Thank goodness she has a dog, and as we know they give unconditional love. If you missed it you can catch it on iview.

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Cate McGregor named Queensland "Australian of the Year"

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Something I never anticipated would happen in my lifetime. Each year on Australia Day, January 26th, an 'Australian of the Year' is chosen from the eight State and Territory nominees. This year, Group Captain Cate McGregor, the highest ranking trans military officer in the world has been named the Queensland State "Australian of the Year".

The Danish Girl - the story of Lili Elbe, an early recipient of SRS.

I've been reading about the new film 'The Danish Girl' which tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery in the early years of the twentieth century. It seems that Eddie Redmayne who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking does an amazing job as Lili, and the pictures so far released seem to bear this out. I'm sure there are some people who will say why could Hollywood not have engaged a genuine transgender actor for the role, but perhaps that is a step too far for them at present.

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