Category Archives: Literature

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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The ‘vital’ death of John Keats: ending the myth of weakness

Today is the anniversary of the death of the poet John Keats, in Rome, on the 23rd February 1821. He was just 25, and suffered from tuberculosis (or consumption as it was then known). His friend, Joseph Severn, who nursed … Continue reading

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Poetry for Christmas #3 – Ogden Nash -The boy who laughed at Santa Claus…

My illustrations for this, the third in my series of ‘Poetry for Christmas’ posts (see the previous two posts for #1 and #2) are deliberately used to pose a question that confuses many of us. Is it Santa Claus, closer … Continue reading

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Poetry for Christmas #2 – e.e. cummings – little tree

We have just spent a happy  weekend decorating the house for the festive season, so it seemed appropriate that the second in my ‘Poetry for Christmas‘ series is the lovely ‘little tree‘ by the innovative poet e.e. cummings, first published … Continue reading

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Poetry for Christmas #1 Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare

2016 has flown by. It has been a strange, and horrible, twelve months in many ways and I feel barely ready for winter. However, the Advent calendar is up, and nine doors are opened already, so in order to make … Continue reading

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The Short Story – Writing What Editors Want Circa 1926…Part 1

A rather wonderful book has come into my possession. I bought it whilst house-sitting (and writing my next book) in Suffolk, on a trip to an antique centre taken as light relief after an intense period tapping away at the laptop. Called … Continue reading

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