Monthly Archives: December 2016

Gilbert White teaches his new apprentice

I wrote my novel about the 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White a good while ago. I haven’t done anything with it because I have never felt very happy with the ending. Endings can be over-contrived (see my Christmas story in the … Continue reading

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The Nano Technologists’ Christmas Party

Just a bit of fun. A 500-word story for the Writers in Somerset Christmas party. It was a Christmas party to be forgotten. The Cambridge nano technology team pulled miniaturised crackers with tweezers, prising apart the shreds of micro-thin gaily … Continue reading

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Redlands Wood

I’m fascinated by a platinotype image of a patch of rural Surrey by the Victorian photographer Frederick Evans. It is of Redlands Wood, a few miles south of Dorking, and shows a rough track running between an avenue of pines. … Continue reading

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Writing and experience

Whether we like it or not, we assume a face, a persona, to meet the faces we meet. When we talk to someone we know or are acquainted with in the street or around a dinner table, we think we … Continue reading

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