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No more wriggling out of writing · 1d ago

Marking the ending of John Keats’s life, and the beginning of a new project…

Marking the end of Keats's life and the beginning of my new project - a book about Keats and the places that influenced him.
No more wriggling out of writing · 3W ago

Black dogs and Lost Generations – Andy Farr, artist.

I examine the work of artist Andy Farr, who works with young people to highlight the relevance of the Great War t our lives today. Continue reading →
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

Gratitude or hope? A poem for #Christmas 2017 – ‘Ring out wild bells’ In memorium 106 by Tennyson

I have been going over my old Christmas posts on my blog. It seems the right time of year to begin a review of the things I have written this year and the issues that have mattered to me. In...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

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...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3M ago

Hoping ‘…it passes smoothly, quietly’ – on the anniversary of John Keats’s birth, his birthday wish ‘To my brothers’

Today marks the birthday of the poet John Keats. He was born on 31st October (the day is not absolutely established, but most likely) 1795 in Moorgate, London and he died just 25 years later...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

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 readi...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

On death, dying and being afraid of life…

Some thoughts on death and dying, and why perhaps I am more afraid of life... Continue reading →
No more wriggling out of writing · 6M ago

Passchendaele and the management of shell shock

It is 100 years since the notorious battle of Passchendaele. We now know much more about the trauma experienced by thousands of troops during the Great War and we recognise that, even into t...
No more wriggling out of writing · 7M ago

Dunkirk – a war film on a different scale

A review of the Christopher Nolan film 'Dunkirk'. Continue reading →
No more wriggling out of writing · 7M ago

Guest post: The evacuated teachers of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

  As many of my regular readers know, I have recently written about the loss of my mum. I have delayed publishing this wonderful guest post from historian Gillian Mawson because it is a stor...