Category Archives: Writing

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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On death, dying and being afraid of life…

Some thoughts on death and dying, and why perhaps I am more afraid of life… 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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‘After great pain’…On loss and grief and working my way through it…

On the death of my Mum, with a little help from Emily Dickinson 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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