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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #2 – W.H. Auden

For the second of my posts, specially written as we approach St Valentine’s Day, I focus on a poem by W.H. Auden. Anyone who has seen Four Weddings and a Funeral will know the poem which starts ‘Stop all the … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 – #1 John Donne

Last year I followed the example of the fabulous David J Bauman over at The Dad Poet and posted some of my favourite love poetry. I had a great time rediscovering some old favourites and finding new work that moved me; … Continue reading

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‘let’s talk! about mental health – #Take5 on the 5th February to discuss mental health

Originally posted on let's talk!:
Today is Time to Talk Day, when the charity Time to Change asks us to all to spend five minutes discussing mental health issues. The aim is to raise awareness, reduce stigma and encourage people…

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Number of British Soldiers experiencing mental ill health rising significantly: 100 years on, why can’t we get this right?

Writing Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health I quickly realised that although it was, on the face of it, a book about the aftermath of the First World War, it had a very modern … Continue reading

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The Loss of the Joy

Originally posted on Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking:
The Loss of the Joy I don’t know precisely when it really began, this loss. They say when you lose something you should go back to the last time you…

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Sitting under Walter de la Mare’s ‘Mistletoe’: Happy Christmas from an exhausted writer…

2014 has passed in a blur. As did 2013. Does writing a book shorten your life? Now there is a question. I have put on two stone and done little exercise, sitting as I have done in coffee shops, or … Continue reading

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Post-book blues? On losing the will to write…

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just … Continue reading

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