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

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

The Other Cheltenham Prize

Besides the open competition  which the Cheltenham Writers’ Circle has just launched (see cheltprize.wordpress.com) the Circle has for several  years run an annual competition for members, for short stories and poems … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bluecoat Girls

One hundred years ago my mother went on a scholarship from an elementary school in Lambeth, south London, to become a boarder at Christ’s Hospital, one of England’s most prestigious … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Arabian Sands

I took 180  photos on my trip across the Wah’habi Sands in Oman last month but I have restrained myself and I’m sharing only six with you here. The sands … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet Helene Hewett

My guest this month on the ‘MEET . . . ‘  pages of  this blog is not an author but a bookseller.  Helene  Hewett opened The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham’s  independent … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet Helen Hollick

My guest this month is Helen Hollick, a  fellow Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society, judge for The Cheltenham Prize and prolific author of sea stories and Arthurian romances. … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Cheltenham Prize

As followers of  this blog will know Cheltenham Writers’ Circle received a grant last year from Cheltenham  Arts Council to run an open short story competition.  At the time we … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · 1 Comment
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