Category Archives: Reading

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

A poem by Jennifer Grotz to celebrate late summer before the autumn equinox
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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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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 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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Shell shock on film: myth or reality?

When I began researching and writing Shell Shocked Britain I watched the grainy, black and white film footage of shell shocked soldiers readily found on YouTube. They show a number of British soldiers filmed whilst undergoing treatment at The Royal Victoria Hospital, … Continue reading

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Who needs Glastonbury? The Keats House Festival 2014

As many of those who read my blog regularly will know, I am a Londoner born and bred, not moving away from the city until I was 25 and and retaining my love of my roots even as I live … Continue reading

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