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

Meet Mark Stibbe

The Scarlet Pimpernel has a modern day rival.  Mark Stibbe and G P Taylor will shortly be releasing their espionage adventure The Fate of Kings, set during the French Revolution.  This is … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Prize that Never Was

The War that Never Was, which was short-listed for the The Writers’ Bureau trophy at the 2017 NAWGfest at the University of Warwick last September, turned out to be the … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Meet Jennifer Macaire

  The latest guest in my meet-the author series is Jennifer Macaire, whose book The Road to Alexander will appear in the November issue of Historical Novels Review.  Meet her … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

NAWGfest 2017

TWO COMPETITIONS AND A FESTIVAL NAWG is the National Association of Writers’ Groups of which Cheltenham Writers’ Circle is a member.  If you run a writing group and you don’t … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cheltenham or Die!

It  is ten years now since I  moved to Cheltenham to beat the NHS post-code lottery.  I came here to save my life, to have an emergency operation for bowel … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Escape to Elba

Just back from a week in Elba.  Went there to brush  up on my history of Napoleon but found it a wonderful island.  I’ve been to Italy a dozen times, … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Amazon Adventure

Just back from the Amazon – the river, not the website – so here are some pictures.   Picture one is ourselves trekking through the jungle to learn survival skills, … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment