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TWEED

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TWEED There can’t be many of us, of whatever age, who haven’t worn an item of tweed at some time in our lives.  It can’t be beaten for warmth, softness and the subtlety of natural colours.  Growing up in the fifties, I saw it first in the form of a calf-length…(Read More)

A Music of Speech

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A MUSIC OF SPEECH  Forty years ago, in a valleys school, the class recited poetry by rote. Since the dumbness of misery fell he has remembered there was a music of speech and that once he had something to say. This moving verse by the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke (Collected Poems, Carcanet, 1997) recognises how…(Read More)

Bookworm Heaven

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What would you do, if you could do anything in the world? One of the things I answer is: open a bookshop, that has a coffee shop inside. It seems a fanciful dream, out of my reach. But Mary Manley, and her husband Stuart, thought and did just that in Alnwick, in 1991. They opened…(Read More)

Wandering in Berwick

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Welcome to the (updated) second part of my brief look at Berwick as the star of the Literary Festival (fitting, as a new film about Robert the Bruce, ‘Outlaw King’, was filming in the town when I wrote this in 2017). My last post encouraged you to wet your whistle and whet your appetite in…(Read More)

For last year’s (2017) Literary Festival in Berwick I compiled a post about Berwick’s eateries. It was by no means exhaustive and was a personal take on eating and drinking in and around Berwick. As we approach the tourist season this year, I thought I’d update my listings. There’s also a…(Read More)

Northumberland-based writers Caroline Roberts (publisher: Harper Impulse, contemporary romance) and Stephanie Butland (publisher: Bonnier Zaffre, commercial literary) are doing a joint gig at the Berwick Literary Festival in October. They’ll be chatting to Newcastle blogger and creative writing tutor Victoria Watson about writing novels and getting them published. I caught up with these…(Read More)

Not In A Tent

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In October I’m going be a guest blogger at the Berwick Literary Festival, in Northumberland. Before I share what’s on offer; some admissions… I’ve only been to a literary festival once in my life and only been to Berwick twice. For someone who loves the spoken and written word so much and…(Read More)

Our First Guest Blog is from InterAct Stroke Support A Short Story Competition to be judged by Margaret Drabble Tuesday 1st August 2017 saw the launch of the sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support. The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the…(Read More)

Books really do have the power to change lives and influence the reader in both subtle and startling ways. They also help us set down markers in time: what were you reading thirty-one years ago? Thirty-one years ago, I was engrossed in Olivia Manning’s The Balkan and Levant Trilogies, collectively known as…(Read More)

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