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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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For Remembrance & the Armistice: Some very personal messages……

Have you forgotten yet?… Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget’ –(Siegfried Sassoon) At the launch of my book Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health  on the … Continue reading

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