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Stratford Literary Festival 2018

I was fortunate to spend a bit of time at this year’s Stratford Literary Festival in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK – the birthplace of William Shakespeare. I missed taking a quick snap of the ‘Bard’s Bus’ Continue reading “Stratford Literary Festival 2018”

Memoir Monday: The Big Picture

A short while ago I thought it would be nice to share a weekly post about how the memoir writing was going. Continue reading “Memoir Monday: The Big Picture”

Research into Memory for Poems and Novels

Hello my lovely readers. Please could you find 10 minutes to help with some memory research. Participation is in total confidence.

Dr Clare Rathbone at Oxford Brookes University, UK, who I came across during my study time at University of Leeds, is conducting research into Memory for Poems and Novels.

You’ll need to have in mind a personally significant poem and novel..

Here’s the link: Memory for Poems and Novels

Thank you, Lisa

Le Grand Depart

A selection of photos from my own day on the route of Le Grand Depart in the Yorkshire Dales, just outside a village called Threshfield near Grassington.

It was amazing! Organisation was slick but low key. Policing was minimal and there were no muppets driving the wrong way on roads temporarily designated one-way ! A real feel good factor reigned throughout and I felt very proud to call Yorkshire home.

As you see, we were right on the verge of a narrow country road. The cyclists were silent as they passed except for a whoosh of air and multitude of tires on tarmac.

Very exciting to see the charismatic Jens Voigt – the oldest man in the race at 42 – pass in first place  – he went on to gain the polka dot jersey for the first stage. Continue reading “Le Grand Depart”

Fiona Buxton

I was very sad to learn Fiona Buxton died yesterday following her courageous battle with cancer.

Fiona shared a small part of her story in January in a fabulous post, Diagnosis: From Despair to New Life.

Testimony to how the internet can bring people together, Fiona and I were the only people we each knew, with a particular rare form of endometrial cancer. We never met in person but for several months enjoyed talking over cups of herbal tea via Skype, dressed in our sometimes messy and always comfortable clothes, bemoaning how we couldn’t have a fat slice of cake to go with it!

She has touched many lives throughout hers and mine all too briefly.  I will always be inspired by her humour, determination and her willingness to face every turn with an open mind.

 

My heart goes out to her husband and children.

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Flash Fiction: Time Enough

This week Charli’s Flash Fiction prompt over at the Carrot Ranch is:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about exhaustion. Who is tired and why.

Time Enough

Looking into the slightly desperate amber eyes, she did her best to swallow some porridge.

“Is it ok, Grandma?”

“It’s delicious, love. I’ve just had enough.” Continue reading “Flash Fiction: Time Enough”

The Funny Challenge of Rik Mayall and Misogyny

Rik Mayall in 2004 at the UK Film Premiere in London of the classic novel by Jules Verne "Around The World In 80 Days". (Photo by Steve Finn/Getty Images)
Rik Mayall in 2004 at the UK Film Premiere in London of the classic novel by Jules Verne “Around The World In 80 Days”. (Photo by Steve Finn/Getty Images)

Continue reading “The Funny Challenge of Rik Mayall and Misogyny”

Versatile or Verbose

Geoff raises the important issues around chain-style blog awards but also.. His ‘7 Things About Himself’ are so quintessentially British, I had to share them and him.

Oh, and he always makes me laugh! Thanks Geoff 😄xx

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Anne Goodwin (http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/annecdotal/on-versatility-awards-a-womans-place-and-camping) and Lisa Reiter (https://sharingthestoryblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/embracing-variety/) have both nominated me for a blogging award. They are kind, delusional women. The award, The Versatile Blogger, is curated by WordPress (http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/) and when Anne’s nomination appeared I was dumbfounded and probably a little terse in saying I didn’t deserve it. Then Lisa does the same and I say the same. I’ve only been blogging for five minutes (or so it seems).

versatile-bloggerBut let’s think what’s the problem here? Well, it’s not that I lack ego – anyone who’s known me long enough knows that’s not the issue. And while I have found out there are people who reject these awards for some good, as well as some cheap reasons, I don’t think that on balance they are somehow a bad thing.

It’s the fact I have to nominate 15 – yup, 15 – other bloggers for the award. That’s the dilemma. First…

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