Tag Archives: memory

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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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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The ‘First Blitz’ – Terror Comes To The Home Front

How many people know anything of the ‘First Blitz’ – war waged by Germany from the air between 1915 and 1918? As I researched Shell Shocked Britain : the First World Wars’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health I was surprised that … Continue reading

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Talking Books on why we should all want ‘Little Creative Days’ for our children

What are seasons but children’s soft dreams, and Sunrise, their opening eyes? Seeing at a glance The days and years open…waiting, Fringed with softness, or Laced with abandon… (From Children’s Eyes and Children’s Toys by Elysabeth Faslund) This is SO late … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain': how war trauma casts a shadow across a century

I know that some readers of my blog (and thanks for that!) already know that throughout 2013 I was writing a book called Shell Shocked Britain commissioned by Pen & Sword History. We are now in the final edit stage, … Continue reading

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A Very Poetic Happy Christmas from No Wriggling & Talking Books!

Well – just two more sleeps till Christmas Day – why does the time pass so quickly when you are an adult, yet Christmas seems to take forever to arrive when you are a child? Even though our children are … Continue reading

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What does it mean to dream? On Victorian thoughts & the 21st century soul…

Whilst on holiday in Suffolk a few weeks ago I bought a small book at a second-hand stall at the market in the lovely little town of Framlingham. Called The Victorian Book of Dreams, it is clearly a forerunner of … Continue reading

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University as a ‘rite of passage': On becoming an empty-nester

On Saturday my lovely daughter Evie is starting her first term at the University of Winchester. She only made her mind up to go to Uni at all at the beginning of August, having had a year out to focus … Continue reading

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A heartfelt plea for independent bookshops

There are so many ways to buy a book now. Online via Amazon perhaps, in a chain of bookshops such as Waterstones, in your local W H Smiths and even in your local out-of-town supermarket. You buy paperbacks, hardbacks and … Continue reading

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Publishing books as fundraisers – the pros and cons on ‘Talking Books’

Last week I blew my own trumpet on Talking Books. I chose the theme ‘writing books for charity’ and, of course, Dandelions and Bad Hair Days  (now available on Kindle) comes firmly within that category, raising funds for SANE. However, lots … Continue reading

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