Category Archives: Writing

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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‘There are more things in heaven & earth…’a response to my piece on Spiritualism in the Great War

Today I welcome a post from Ian Stevenson, who contacted me following my recent post about spiritualism and the First World War, a subject I cover in Shell Shocked Britain.  Ian is a counsellor and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network … Continue reading

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What shapes us ~ nature, nurture or experience? A novelist’s view

Today on No Wriggling I am lucky enough to host a guest post from author Vivienne Tuffnell. Vivienne, who wrote for (and inspired the title of) my book, Dandelions & Bad Hair Days, talks here of family history in the broadest sense, … Continue reading

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In which I write a ‘Romantic reading’ of Keats for The Wordsworth Trust…

Just a quick post to show off  let you know that I have been given what I consider to be a huge honour – a place on The Wordsworth Trust Romanticism blog on the fabulous Wordsworth Trust website. As part of … Continue reading

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Don’t admit weakness to Marie Stopes: Eugenicist, not Feminist

I have spent many happy hours researching my book Shell Shocked Britain, and have learned many things that turned my long-held beliefs about the war and inter-war period on their head. Not only has this made BBC Drama The Crimson Field … Continue reading

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Talking Books goes walkabout with The Real Sherlock Holmes…..

Talking Books, my show on 10Radio.org,  went national last week when I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Angela Buckley’s great new book ‘The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada‘. The launch took place in the … Continue reading

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Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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