busywords

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

In Between

If you go to the page on this blog you can find my short story ‘In Between’ which was a runner up in the recent Graffiti short story competition.  It … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Africa’s furthest west

The most westerly country in Africa and probably its smallest (half a million people) is the Cape Verde islands, a relic of Portugal’s seaborne empire now an independent republic and … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAYRE

Five writers from Cheltenham Writers’ Forum were at the Suffolks Fayre in Cheltenham on Bank Holiday Sunday to sell our wares.  It poured with rain, helped along by a strong … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Freedom’s Pilgrim Returns

Freedom’s Pilgrim has had a publishing history almost as chequered as the adventures of its hero.  After being published on Amazon it was taken up by Endeavour Press only to … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Roman Day and Happy Returns

Last week the members of Charlton Kings and Leckhampton local history societies had a Roman Day, which I organised on their behalf, visiting Chedworth Villa in the morning and going … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

I have been a review editor for Historical Novels Review, the journal of the Historical Novel Society, for ten years now.  There are five UK reviewers and four in the … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Disputed Paradise

Istria, at the ‘top end’ of the Adriatic is a beautiful country which has changed hands five times in the last one hundred years (Austria, Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia and Croatia) … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Meet Tim Leach

The author I’m meeting today is Tim Leach, who writes about times and places seldom visited by historical novelists. His first two books were about ancient Lydia and his latest … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Meet Debbie Young

Debbie Young, author, speaker, festival organiser, group leader for the Alliance of Independent  Authors and much more recently spoke to us at the Cheltenham Writers’ Circle on the topic of … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steaming into Broadway

The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway has achieved its dream of reopening the service between Cheltenham and Broadway and I took the trip last week with fellow members of the … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment