Category Archives: Books

Hoping ‘…it passes smoothly, quietly’ – on the anniversary of John Keats’s birth, his birthday wish ‘To my brothers’

Today marks the birthday of the poet John Keats. He was born on 31st October (the day is not absolutely established, but most likely) 1795 in Moorgate, London and he died just 25 years later, in Rome. During that period … Continue reading

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What makes a good ghost story?

I write ghost stories. I don’t know if they are any good (although I did publish three, in a short collection called The Marrow Scoop, just to test the water) but it is a genre I enjoy reading and that … Continue reading

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Guest post: The evacuated teachers of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

  As many of my regular readers know, I have recently written about the loss of my mum. I have delayed publishing this wonderful guest post from historian Gillian Mawson because it is a story that resonated so closely with … Continue reading

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“The door we never opened”- how poetry heals past and present for a better future. by Vivienne Tuffnell

Today on Nowriggling I am thrilled to have a guest post by Vivienne Tuffnell. Viv has written for me before, not least as part of Dandelions & Bad Hair Days (I have to thank her for that title) and more … Continue reading

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Memories of Murder – A Victorian Supersleuth at work once again…

New on my blog – Memories of Murder – more #Victorian true #crime from the Victorian Supersleuth @amebuckley Continue reading

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Sharing Shelley’s moonbeams…

My poor neglected blog – again. There are no excuses, but there are reasons, this time anyway. My mum died two weeks ago now. The funeral was less than a week ago and frankly, it is all still too raw … Continue reading

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‘Delicious drowsiness’ – John Keats on the importance of sleep…

To Sleep by Keats and its relevance to those of us having trouble sleeping in the 21st century Continue reading

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