Category Archives: Mental health

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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For Remembrance & the Armistice: Some very personal messages……

Have you forgotten yet?… Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget’ –(Siegfried Sassoon) At the launch of my book Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health  on the … Continue reading

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The best way to market a book? Shell Shocked Britain on ‘blog tour’….

We have all seen it – on our twitter timelines, our Facebook feeds and our Instagram image lists. The endless stream of book plugs can get really frustrating, as tweets or status updates from people whose lives we connect with … Continue reading

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