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A Tale of Two Bridges – a story

My train was late, but that’s Italy for you. I was following in the painter Henry Holiday’s footsteps. Had he taken the train? Was there a train to Florence to catch in 1881? When I arrived at the hotel they’d … Continue reading

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In pursuit of Wordsworth

I visited Tintern again recently. I looked at the abbey ruins, but the real reason I went was because I had been re-reading Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’. For me it is a potent evocation of spirit of place. I first read … Continue reading

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Imagists

I like the poet Amy Lowell. She was a key member of the Imagist movement, established by Ezra Pound in 1912. Its objectives were simple: write in free verse; make it musical rather than metronomic; steer clear of the flabby … Continue reading

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A hard night’s nesting

Below is a fascinating account of child labour that reveals an unusual link between rural and city life in the mid-Victorian era. It was written by Henry Mayhew, who observed, documented, and described the state of working people in the … Continue reading

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The English Cartier-Bresson

I find it hard to believe that the the photographer James Ravilious died almost seventeen years ago. The son of the artist Eric Ravilious, he moved to North Devon in the early 1970s to live in a cottage owned by … Continue reading

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5-star review for ‘Riven’

I am delighted to have received a second 5-star review below for my novel ‘Riven’. It is available on Amazon as a Kindle book. “This is a spell binding, haunting tale. What would you do if your wife died in childbirth, … Continue reading

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Coleridge in flight with the starlings

Witnessing the murmuration of starlings is unforgettable. A good number of writers have described the experience. Doubtless anxious to avoid clichés, most diligently trawled through a Thesaurus for alternatives to describe the swirling, unwinding, and coiling motion. The best account … Continue reading

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