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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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The ‘First Blitz’ – Terror Comes To The Home Front

How many people know anything of the ‘First Blitz’ – war waged by Germany from the air between 1915 and 1918? As I researched Shell Shocked Britain : the First World Wars’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health I was surprised that … 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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The BBC, the Great War & being part of the ‘bandwagon’…?

First of all, thank you to all those who chatted to me, on and off-line following my Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain‘ post. It was really heartening to find out so many are interested in the legacy of the Great War … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain’: how war trauma casts a shadow across a century

I know that some readers of my blog (and thanks for that!) already know that throughout 2013 I was writing a book called Shell Shocked Britain commissioned by Pen & Sword History. We are now in the final edit stage, … 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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On World Mental Health Day – Dandelions, Depression & Desperate marketing

(Please note – this is not just a sales pitch for a great cause! I include some poems to add value so bear with me…..) I am proud to say that today is the first anniversary of the publication of … Continue reading

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Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless

Originally posted on KungFuPreacherMan:
Cheerful book Ecclesiates: ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless’ (Ecclesiastes 1.2). I don’t know about you but I normally turn to the Bible for encouragement, or wisdom or perhaps guidance. I don’t…

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Publishing books as fundraisers – the pros and cons on ‘Talking Books’

Last week I blew my own trumpet on Talking Books. I chose the theme ‘writing books for charity’ and, of course, Dandelions and Bad Hair Days  (now available on Kindle) comes firmly within that category, raising funds for SANE. However, lots … Continue reading

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Broadmoor Revealed – Victorian Crime & the Lunatic Asylum

Today on No wriggling I am lucky to have a guest post from Mark Stevens, Senior Archivist at Berkshire Record Office, responsible for looking after the Broadmoor Asylum archives. Pen and Sword Books have recently published a revised and expanded edition … Continue reading

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