Author Archives: Suzie Grogan

No need for endings yet: a poem for late summer by Jennifer Grotz

I have been looking back over old blog posts recently. My latest posts have focused on the First World War and issues I address in Shell Shocked Britain and readers of this blog know how much I love to discover new poems … Continue reading

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‘I opened up the window and in flew Enza..: How Spanish ‘flu added to Great War heartache

In Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, I examine a number of different causes of the trauma experienced by British society as a whole during and after the conflict. I also acknowledge that we should not … Continue reading

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One Perfect Thursday Love Poem, with Dorothy Parker

Originally posted on The Dad Poet:
We’re due for another Thursday Love poem feature, and so in the spirit of “Thursday,” a sort-of love poem by one of my poetic heroines, Edna St. Vincent Millay, I give you a piece…

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A Great War poem for August 2014: MCMXIV (1914) by Philip Larkin

As the weeks fly by and publication of Shell Shocked Britain approaches, I have been turning to poetry in an (often vain) attempt to relax and clear my mind of proofs and tweets and the general organisation of the launch. … Continue reading

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Teaching the First World War – engaging imaginations with historic newspapers

‘Will Dismal Jimmy Look More Cheerful Today?’ So reads the headline above the Daily Sketch title on Monday September 27th 1915. I have no idea what that means but it certainly draws me straight in! I have been lucky enough … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Blog Tour – coming out of the attic to party….

I can be a real party pooper sometimes. I get asked to join in memes and round robin thingies and although I enjoy reading the blogs written by others I like to do it in my own time, and find … Continue reading

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The Sinking of the RMS Tayleur – author Gill Hoffs on how Victorian corsetry contributed to a tragedy…

I have been really lucky with the books I have been asked to review in recent weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed The Real Sherlock Holmes by Angela Buckley and now can honestly say I have spent three sunny days gripped by “The Sinking … Continue reading

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