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The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan

England’s Homer

Not long ago the author Judith Starkston (Hand of Fire, Fireship Press) kindly invited me to contribute a guest contribution to her blog.  It was a piece about Richard Hakluyt, the … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

New England

Just two photos from my recent trip

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Halloween Tale

I’ve published a chilling little tale for Halloween on this blog –  see my page HIDE AND SEEK.  Two delinquent teenagers discover more than they expected. And here is a … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Meet Judith Starkston

My guest author this month is Judith Starkston, whose book Hand of Fire you will find reviewed elsewhere on this blog (Book reviews:Hand of Fire).  Judith has re-told the story of … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Reviews: Hand of Fire

My book review today is Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston, a retelling of the story of Briseis, the slave girl who caused the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon in … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crossword Triumph

I’ve at last won a crossword competition – the cryptic crossword in The Literary Review (I recommend it) and what better prize for a resident of Gloucestershire than the trilogy … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Chocolate Soldiers

I’m proud to be a runner-up in the 2014 Graffiti short story competition, for an ‘historical’ story of up to 1000 words.  Congratulations to the winner, Christine Griffin. As befits this centennial … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment
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