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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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Great War guest post: A Granny’s Legacy – From Handsworth to Hebron with the Herefords

I wrote, before Christmas, of my concerns that post-Armistice Day centenary commemorations, the wonderful stories that are part of the heritage given to us by the Great War, would cease to interest the media. Despite there being much to learn … 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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Death, Disease & Dissection: Keats, Quacks & Bodysnatchers – what’s not to like?

Death, Disease & Dissection – my new book about Georgian and early Victorian medicine is out now, published by Pen & Sword https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Death-Disease-Dissection-Paperback/p/14015 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 struggling with the writing life – again

I still seem to get a fair few hits on this, my blog. Not that I deserve them. No wriggling out of writing has been sorely neglected of late as I struggled with the first edits of my forthcoming book, … Continue reading

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In trying times: Heberto Padilla on continuing to speak out…

Heberto Padillo In Trying Times – a poem for 2017 Continue reading

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