busywords

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

Open Novella Competition

Christmas has come early!  I’ve just had news that I have won 2nd prize in the National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Novella Competition.  The prize is £200 towards the … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet Melvyn Bragg

Last year I interviewed Melvyyn Bragg who had recently published his latest historical novel Now is the Time, about the Peasants Revolt in England in the 14th century.  The book … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE CHELTENHAM PRIZE

The winners of The Cheltenham Prize, the short story competition organised by Cheltenham Writers’ Circle, were announced at the awards ceremony yesterday afternoon (9th October).  They are listed in cheltprize.wordpress.com … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Impossible Walk

I’ve decided to  start a third novel – which isn’t to say I will finish it.  So I’ve written the Prologue which you will find on this blog as a … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE GUNS THAT DIDN’T GET THROUGH

The Battle of Hastings wasn’t fought at Hastings and William the Conqueror didn’t land here (the events took place at Battle and Pevensey respectively), but Hastings in Sussex does have … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Birmingham Back-to-Backs

The back-to-backs were a type of working class housing which was common in the cities of Northern England and the Midlands in the 19th century and most of which have … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Those Were the Days

Raising the Flag Last month I had a most unexpected invitation.  The headmaster of my old school, which I left over 60 years ago, asked me to speak at the … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment