Tag Archives: Literature

Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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‘Mental Cases’ by Wilfred Owen: Writing the horror of shell shock in poetry

On Friday 21st March it was World Poetry Day. It is often one of those ‘days’ that passes people by, especially if they do not consider themselves a poetry lover. (I don’t think anyone truly dislikes poetry; they just haven’t … Continue reading

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Talking Books talks Septimus Heap & writing magic with Angie Sage

On the 28th February I was very lucky to have as my guest on Talking Books Angie Sage, an author who has received global success with her series of fantasy novels, featuring Septimus Heap, seventh son of a seventh son … Continue reading

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In which Talking Books is ‘Blessed by Magpies’, and poet Paul Tobin

It has taken me a little while to post up my last Talking Books show. There are no excuses other than a few pressing deadlines and much time taken up with experimentation with a new way to manage my time….. … Continue reading

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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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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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Give a book for Christmas! Talking Books does the perfect present…

Well we are nearly there – just a week left to do your Christmas shopping and find the gift that will really mean something to the recipient, offering pleasure that will last well after the 25th December. Okay – there … Continue reading

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The 31st October is not just Hallowe’en – Happy Birthday John Keats…

218 years ago today a wonderful Romantic poet (who still unites and interests the literary world) was born. So for John Keats’ birthday AND for Hallowe’en, ¬†I give you this chilling fragment… This living hand, now warm and capable Of … 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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A heartfelt plea for independent bookshops

There are so many ways to buy a book now. Online via Amazon perhaps, in a chain of bookshops such as Waterstones, in your local W H Smiths and even in your local out-of-town supermarket. You buy paperbacks, hardbacks and … Continue reading

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