busywords

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

Winston’s Wish and the Battle of Jutland

At the last meeting of Cheltenham Writers’ Circle the chairman presented a cheque for £99 to one of the volunteers from Winston’s Wish, the national charity for bereaved children, based … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fiddlesticks

Did they have fiddles (the musical instruments that is) in Tudor times and if so could a ship’s boy have owned one?  I asked myself this because the teenage hero … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gallipoli

I’ve been back to the Mary Rose  Museum at Portsmouth Dockyard (see my earlier post on the Mary Rose) and saw the Dockyard’s latest ‘attraction’, the last surviving vessel from … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY : BOOK FEATURE

Did America have concentration camps in World War II?  Some Japanese evidently thought so, for they built a memorial to one at Crystal City in Texas. To read more about … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

World Book Night

Tomorrow is World Book Night and as usual I will be among the 10,000 ‘givers’.  My title is ‘Queen’s Gambit’ by Elizabeth Freemantle, based on the life of Katherine Parr, … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kobo Silverwood Competition

The short list of 8 has now been whittled down to 3.  Sadly there is no third prize, so somebody is going to leave empty-handed.

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Silverwood Kobo Beforts Open Day Competition

I’m pleased to say that my yet-to-be-published novel ‘The Frozen Dream’ has been short listed for the above competition. If successful (there are 7 other entrants on the short list) … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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