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Kinky Boots – a great night out in Bristol with #kinkybootsuk

Now for something completely different! In January I joined two new groups, one writing-related (of which more later) and one for Bristol Bloggers which last night took me to the current Bristol Hippodrome production of the musical Kinky Boots. It proved to be not just a great night out but also a fascinating insight into … Continue reading Kinky Boots – a great night out in Bristol with #kinkybootsuk

More Fiction and Photography (#PhotographyinFiction 3)

This month I’ve unexpectedly stumbled on two novels featuring photography to add to my growing  blog category ‘photography in fiction’. These writers are less well-known than Theroux or Boyd but there are points of similarity worth mentioning. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which I was given as a gift, follows William Boyd’s idea in … Continue reading More Fiction and Photography (#PhotographyinFiction 3)

For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

Like most Scots of his generation, D.O. Hill was  a great fan of both Rabbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Several of his and Robert Adamson’s compositions recreated characters from Scott’s novels (like this one from The Antiquary) and he was an illustrator of both writers, spending quite some time in Ayrshire prior to publishing … Continue reading For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

History, Fiction and Archaeology. Nancy Jardine talks about Scotland in the First Century A.D.

I have a soft spot for books about Roman Britain which I think has more to do with reading Rosemary Sutcliffe than studying Tacitus (yes, I did that too, once upon a time!) So it’s a pleasure to welcome Scottish writer Nancy Jardine to talk about researching this fascinating era.  Thank you so much for … Continue reading History, Fiction and Archaeology. Nancy Jardine talks about Scotland in the First Century A.D.