Category Archives: Writing

After a winter in Brittany – ‘The Darkling Thrush’

It snowed again this morning. On the 14th of April. Yesterday was so beautiful – the sky blue with a very few clouds occasionally blurring the warm sunshine – so waking up to the white stuff was a complete surprise. … Continue reading

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For The Eve of St Agnes – John Keats at his very best

That, of course, was not me. The words are by John Keats, the poet who has inspired me and saved me in equal measure. The Eve of St Agnes was written approximately 200 years ago, so this is its bicentenary, … Continue reading

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On post-Christmas blues and the possibilities for a Happy New Year

  Oh dear – it is our first New Year’s Eve in France and I feel all wrong. Isn’t Christmas peculiar? I commented on a friend’s Facebook post yesterday, one in which they asked how many others were feeling like … Continue reading

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The importance of woodland in a worrying world…

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on Earth But instead it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the Virgin Birth (Greg Lake ‘I believe in Father Christmas’) It is raining again, … Continue reading

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Marking the ending of John Keats’s life, and the beginning of a new project…

Marking the end of Keats’s life and the beginning of my new project – a book about Keats and the places that influenced him. Continue reading

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Black dogs and Lost Generations – Andy Farr, artist.

I examine the work of artist Andy Farr, who works with young people to highlight the relevance of the Great War t our lives today. Continue reading

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Gratitude or hope? A poem for #Christmas 2017 – ‘Ring out wild bells’ In memorium 106 by Tennyson

I have been going over my old Christmas posts on my blog. It seems the right time of year to begin a review of the things I have written this year and the issues that have mattered to me. In … Continue reading

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