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You only have one mother…..

My mum isn’t well. She is unwell in that way we refer to those who are, officially, really old; ‘well she is 86 dear’; ‘things are just wearing out’; ‘well none of us go on forever’. Diagnosis? Why bother with one? It … Continue reading

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Support Writers and Booksellers – Alternatives to Amazon

Originally posted on Writers Anon – Taunton's Writing Group:
If you hadn’t heard, Amazon, the online bookseller, has become a bit of a monster, in more ways than one. It dominates the online market and it does so by…

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Guest post: Cholera’s Lasting Legacy by Amanda Thomas

Today I am lucky enough to have a guest on my blog – author and historian Amanda Thomas, whose latest book Cholera – The Victorian Plague has just been published by Pen & Sword History. Here she offers a fascinating, and … Continue reading

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Keats, melancholy & mental health – I blog again for The Wordsworth Trust

It is hard to keep my blog up to date at the moment, with lots to write and things to think about, but I can never resist the opportunity to write about John Keats for the lovely Wordsworth Trust Romanticism … Continue reading

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‘Splintered Innocence’ by Peter Heinl – the refugee crisis highlights a timely reissue of an important book about war trauma

Whilst writing Shell Shocked Britain I was lucky enough to talk to eminent psychiatrist Dr Peter Heinl, a man who has long been determined to raise awareness of, and work with, those suffering from the lasting effects of war trauma. … Continue reading

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Guest post: Words are tools of healing by Vivienne Tuffnell

Originally posted on let's talk!:
Our thanks today to our guest blogger, writer and poet Vivienne Tuffnell, author of a number of wonderful novels, including Strangers and Pilgrims, The Bet and one of our favourites, Away With the Fairies, all…

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From shell shock hospital to magical community – my trip to Seale Hayne

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Seale-Hayne Hospital, near Newton Abbot in Devon, to meet Ray Bartlett, Chair of the Seale Haynians, who has a special interest in the role of Seale-Hayne as a military hospital … Continue reading

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