Category Archives: Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything

Editing as the ‘last act’ of writing: Louise Bogan on taking words to heart

Poetry, for me, offers an opportunity to live within another’s thoughts as if they were my own. On this blog I have, from time to time, shared a poem that I have come across as I sit at my PC … Continue reading

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Tie a yellow ribbon round your own Barnaby…

First things first – apologies for the pun, but when I made the joke (paraphrasing the Tony Orlando & Dawn song circa 1973) to the nurse at our Vets she thought it was rather good. In fact we discussed how … Continue reading

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Back to blogging with a big, fat bang….

I have been subject to a ‘blogging malaise’ over the past few weeks. Trying to think of a subject to cover; a poem to recommend; a book to discuss etc has seemed too much trouble. No more wriggling out of … Continue reading

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A Very Poetic Happy Christmas from No Wriggling & Talking Books!

Well – just two more sleeps till Christmas Day – why does the time pass so quickly when you are an adult, yet Christmas seems to take forever to arrive when you are a child? Even though our children are … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en horror – why we love a great ghoul & the scary art of self-publishing

Well I did it. I doubt anything All Hallows Eve could throw at me could be more frightening. My admiration for all those out there who regularly self-publish their fiction is immense – putting work that has been part of … Continue reading

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What does it mean to dream? On Victorian thoughts & the 21st century soul…

Whilst on holiday in Suffolk a few weeks ago I bought a small book at a second-hand stall at the market in the lovely little town of Framlingham. Called The Victorian Book of Dreams, it is clearly a forerunner of … Continue reading

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John Keats’ death mask inspires an art installation..or does it?

Hmm…I have been wondering how to respond to the news from artdaily.org that artist Virgil Marti has opened his exhibition¬†¬†MATRIX 167 / Ode to a Hippie at Wadsworth Atheneum in Connecticut. I admit I had never heard of Virgil Marti … Continue reading

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University as a ‘rite of passage’: On becoming an empty-nester

On Saturday my lovely daughter Evie is starting her first term at the University of Winchester. She only made her mind up to go to Uni at all at the beginning of August, having had a year out to focus … Continue reading

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On books, writing, and reading with my eyes shut

I was up late last night. Exhausted, I had to put all my books back into my bookcases. They had been taken out because, for the first time (drum roll and complete lack of excitement for anyone other than myself) … Continue reading

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‘Life is too much like a pathless wood’ – Is this the poem for our times?

I have been in a funny mood recently. As people who read this blog will know I don’t need to be in an odd frame of mind to read poetry; but there are times when it speaks to me with … Continue reading

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