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Category Archives: Creative writing
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dear Readers, Thank you for your patience! I have let my blog posts slide a bit this year for reasons better known to themselves. But just to update you a little I am posting a list of shiny things in … Continue reading
May your two and four-footed friends bring you much joy in 2022!
It’s been a long time, I know! If you’re wondering, I’ve been busy on a new course I’m following via Jericho Writers. The Ultimate Novel Writing Course to be precise. It is quite demanding of my time. We aim to … Continue reading
Posted in Creative writing, short fiction, Uncategorized Tagged Creative writing, Flash Fiction, Helen Cox, Jericho Writers, Mslexia, UNWC 6 Comments
Central Library, Oosterdok – The Jewel in Amsterdam’s Crown
OBA which stands for Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam boasts in total 26 branch libraries, 177,000 members and has 1.3 million books, CDs and DVDs in its collection. Amsterdam Central Library, Oosterdok is one of my favourite places in the city. The … Continue reading
The End of the Dutch Golden Age
A Night in the Museum Only last week I was invited to an evening in the Rijksmuseum by a girlfriend who is a friend of the institution. The event offered a chance to speed-date with various experts dotted around the … Continue reading
A Ghost Story for #Christmas!
The Haunting of Hill House plays with that numinous area between emotional vulnerabilities and supernatural possession suggesting that we are all, like the Crain family, ‘haunted’ in some way; perhaps by family trauma, relationships that went wrong or wishes that never came to fruition. Continue reading
Celebrate National Flash Fiction Day!
16 June is National Flash Fiction day! Founded by writer, Calum Kerr in 2012, this relatively ‘new’ genre of micro-stories is growing in popularity and there are more and more opportunities for writers to submit and see their work published … Continue reading
Sing for your supper, or is it dinner, or perhaps even tea?
A Dutch student learning English once asked me when British people have their supper. A deceptively-simple sounding question, isn’t it? One which I could have answered simply enough by telling him that supper is a simple snack of a sandwich … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Creative writing, Uncategorized Tagged dinner, England, English class system, English tea time, English traditions, Food, mealtimes, Supper, Teaching English 4 Comments
Hair, it’s our Crowning Glory
Get a glimpse into the global human hair trade and ponder how the type and colour of hair defines or subverts our expectations of fictional characters. Continue reading
Magical Objects and Hidden Shoes
During a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park last year a print by illustrator, Alice Pattullo caught my eye. The picture was entitled, ‘Apotropaic Devices For the Home.’ I wasn’t sure what apotropaic meant, but the mirror-image china dogs triggered a … Continue reading