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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #3 – W. B Yeats

Well, haven’t I had some wonderful suggestions for this series of love poems for St Valentine’s Day and beyond? Donne, Auden and now Yeats. This one, I have to admit, is one that I have loved since my teens, with … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #2 – W.H. Auden

For the second of my posts, specially written as we approach St Valentine’s Day, I focus on a poem by W.H. Auden. Anyone who has seen Four Weddings and a Funeral will know the poem which starts ‘Stop all the … Continue reading

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Love poems you wish you had written 2015 – #1 John Donne

Last year I followed the example of the fabulous David J Bauman over at The Dad Poet and posted some of my favourite love poetry. I had a great time rediscovering some old favourites and finding new work that moved me; … Continue reading

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Sitting under Walter de la Mare’s ‘Mistletoe': Happy Christmas from an exhausted writer…

2014 has passed in a blur. As did 2013. Does writing a book shorten your life? Now there is a question. I have put on two stone and done little exercise, sitting as I have done in coffee shops, or … Continue reading

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Post-book blues? On losing the will to write…

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just … Continue reading

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Guest post: The moving memoir of a despatch rider on the Western Front

Today I am lucky enough to have another fascinating guest post on No Wriggling – this time by family historian and writer David Venner, who I met after the publication of my own book, Shell Shocked Britain. Here he writes … Continue reading

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Guest post: “Our tongues cleaved to the roofs of our mouths” : A Great War Memoir

Today I am thrilled to host a guest post by Susan Burnett, who has worked with her grandfather’s memoirs to publish a moving description of what happened to Norman Woodcock and the men who served alongside him in the First … Continue reading

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