Category Archives: Mental health

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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My next book on 18th & 19th Century medicine – and a competition to come up with a title!

Before you read this post, I would love to know if, after hearing a little bit more about my next book, you can think of a fabulous, attention-grabbing title. The working title is ‘Death Disease and Dissection’ but it hardly … Continue reading

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Four poems on one day – a challenge for my 5 year ‘bloggerversary’

It is 5 years since I started blogging!! I can’t believe it! So much has happened in my writing life just because of this blog so THANK YOU to everyone who has kept reading over the years! I celebrate with, … Continue reading

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Running hard to stand still: Anxiety, writing & a world of confusion…

I sit at my PC. My hands hover over the keyboard, my mind trying hard to focus on the letters. I will them into words, sentences, paragraphs. I flick through my folders of research; the articles I must read, the … Continue reading

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How depression has been let down by the media: On Hopkins, Morgan & the battle ahead

I have tried so hard not to write this post. Don’t get me wrong – it is not through any feelings of shame at admitting my years of battling depression and anxiety (anyone who knows me and this blog will … 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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Guest post: “Our tongues cleaved to the roofs of our mouths” : A Great War Memoir

Today I am thrilled to host a guest post by Susan Burnett, who has worked with her grandfather’s memoirs to publish a moving description of what happened to Norman Woodcock and the men who served alongside him in the First … Continue reading

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