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No more wriggling out of writing · 3W ago

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

Heberto Padillo In Trying Times - a poem for 2017 Continue reading →
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Christmas Greetings 2016 – making the best of a bad year…

Well what a year it has been. This Christmas card seems quite apt, as the world seems to be rushing headlong into disaster, for everyone, not just the turkeys. Politically, I have considered...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Poetry for Christmas #4 – Christmas Sparrow by Billy Collins

I don’t mind if you have not read my Christmas poetry posts. I would rather you had, of course, as it keeps the stats looking healthy, and I honestly think you might have missed the opportun...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Poetry for Christmas #3 – Ogden Nash -The boy who laughed at Santa Claus…

My illustrations for this, the third in my series of ‘Poetry for Christmas’ posts (see the previous two posts for #1 and #2) are deliberately used to pose a question that confuses many of us...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Poetry for Christmas #2 – e.e. cummings – little tree

We have just spent a happy  weekend decorating the house for the festive season, so it seemed appropriate that the second in my ‘Poetry for Christmas‘ series is the lovely ‘little tree‘ by t...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Poetry for Christmas #1 Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare

2016 has flown by. It has been a strange, and horrible, twelve months in many ways and I feel barely ready for winter. However, the Advent calendar is up, and nine doors are opened already, ...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

5 ways to make the most of precious writing time…

2016 has been one of those years that has seemed to offer very little  in the way of peace of mind, space for contemplation or periods of calm. The horrors of the world, along with political...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3M ago

Testament of Youth, Testament to our times? Vera Brittain and a classic of the Great War.

For my book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, I read Testament of Youth, and Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and Aft...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3M ago

Maritime Medicine and Mayhem in 1853

Today I am thrilled to host a return visit by Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic, and of the blog post  on how Victorian corsetry cont...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3M ago

3 Ways to Write Editors Want (Circa 1926…) Pt 2 – Dialogue

In a previous post The Short Story – Writing What Editors Want Circa 1926…Part 1 I looked at some writing tips, written 90 years ago by author Michael Joseph in his book Short Story Writing ...