On a past visit to Brantwood in Cumbria, former home of John Ruskin, a friend and I were in the … Continue reading If you were Euphemia, would you choose Effie?
Fiction is fun but there is something about real life that is better, stranger, compulsive, compelling. I know when I … Continue reading Considering Charlotte
Science seems to accept that everyone has an element of creativity. However, there seem to be links between the … Continue reading Is everyone creative?
Most of us know very little but the commonly held belief is that we should write what we know. Personally, … Continue reading Should we write what we know?
Once upon a time, I read my horoscope: Others are in awe of how much you manage to do. She … Continue reading Hello sleepyhead!
How long is a piece of string? This was a reply to a simple question of social services in Birmingham: … Continue reading The social care system is in collapse
Except perhaps the triviality of the word ‘ hobby’! I’m rather behind on my Mslexia reading, so I’m catching up … Continue reading There’s nothing wrong with writing as a hobby!
Having listened to a Radio 4 programme where Andrew Marr interviews “intellectual superstar” Yuval Noah Harari about algorithms and big data … Continue reading Judging your own writing
Resurrected and rewrote this one. Although I never found it easy reading given its complicated, disjointed style, for many years … Continue reading Heathcliff, the anti-hero
For most people, escaping their comfort zone means adrenaline sports or bungee jumping, but often it can be small-scale, uneventful … Continue reading Escaping your comfort zone
Listening to Dr Helen Rappaport discussing her latest book, The Race to Save the Romanovs, her account of her detailed … Continue reading The importance of research
As a reader, I have eclectic tastes. At Fowey book festival, Henry Marsh’s book on neurosurgery, Do No Harm, was … Continue reading Review: Henry Marsh’s brain surgery books
There is a great deal said and written about friendship. It is really hard to define, meaning different things to … Continue reading Friendship
This book on Pamela Colman Smith (PCS) by Stuart Kaplan et al is an impressively hefty tome. Its feel reminded … Continue reading Review: Pamela Colman Smith – The Untold Story
Many writers, especially self-published ones who need to self promote more than others, use social media to get their message … Continue reading Social media – why self promotion bores us all