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Helpers and Handmaids: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor #historicalfiction #biographicalfiction

In June 2018,  Nuala O’Connorwas kind enough to give me a copy of her 2015 novel Miss Emily when we met at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival I’ve only just got around to reading it and discovering that rare thing – a really lovely and satisfying example of historical/biographical fiction. A famously reclusive writer can’t … Continue reading Helpers and Handmaids: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor #historicalfiction #biographicalfiction

Song and Story: a lightbulb moment on Radio 2. #writingtips #writerscraft #showdonttell

I don’t suppose it’s surprising that composing in different artistic genres and media should be simialr but these things always catch me unawares. Like on Sunday when I was half-listening to Elaine Page on Radio 2 interviewing songwriter Steven Schwartz. When he alluded to songs which tell a story successfully, something he also tries to … Continue reading Song and Story: a lightbulb moment on Radio 2. #writingtips #writerscraft #showdonttell

Ship-ahoy! Summer fun at Brunel’s SS Great Britain @ssgreatbritain #summerspectacular

We first came to Bristol way back in the 70s, not long after Brunel’s SS Great Britain had been rescued and towed all the way back from the Falkland Islands. Like Concorde it was very much part of our new neighbourhood. Since then we’ve seen the ship restored to her former glory and now transformed … Continue reading Ship-ahoy! Summer fun at Brunel’s SS Great Britain @ssgreatbritain #summerspectacular