Colourful Characters in a Bleak Landscape

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I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with a personal memoir of drama teacher Giselle Birke. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as an…… Continue reading Colourful Characters in a Bleak Landscape

#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns

I saw a good idea on Twitter a few days ago. Renee at It’s Book Talk started using the #ThrowbackThursday meme as a way to share books that are old favourites or have been waiting to be read for a long time. I saw the idea first on a blog I read regularly: Between the…… Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday #BookReview An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns

Love in the Head: Ford Madox Ford and Parade’s End

I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of Ford Madox Ford. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as…… Continue reading Love in the Head: Ford Madox Ford and Parade’s End

Novelists or Dentists

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I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of E. M. Forster. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as…… Continue reading Novelists or Dentists

Miniatures with a huge perspective

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I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of Guy de Maupassant. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as…… Continue reading Miniatures with a huge perspective

Crime pays!

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Recent articles in The Guardian and The Telegraph reported that for the first time crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction. According to figures unveiled in April at the London Book Fair by Nielsen BookScan, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold in 2017. This was almost a 20% increase from…… Continue reading Crime pays!

Some more Arthur Rackham illustrations

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I found some Arthur Rackham illustrations from Lamb’s Tales of Shakespeare to celebrate the bard’s birthday on 23rd April. A very special person told me how much she’d enjoyed re-acquainting with Arthur Rackham, and I did too. So, here are some more Rackham illustrations; hope you enjoy them. Rapunzel The Frog Prince British Ballads -…… Continue reading Some more Arthur Rackham illustrations

Tick Tock Tick Tock

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On April 8th last year I wrote this post: Does London need a garden bridge? Yet by August 14th the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had called time on the project. London garden bridge project collapses in acrimony after £37m spent This leads me onto some good passing-of-time quotes which are nicely thoughtful for a…… Continue reading Tick Tock Tick Tock

The New Romantics @newromantics4 perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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If you love reading romance novels have you met the New Romantics? In 2012 four writers: Adrienne Vaughan, Lizzie Lamb, Mags Cullingford and June Kearns (all members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association) decided to take destiny into their own hands and found The New Romantics Press. I’ve read nearly all the novels published by The…… Continue reading The New Romantics @newromantics4 perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Not making much progress with reading War and Peace

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I’m not making much progress with attempting to read War and Peace for the umpteenth time. This is for two reasons. First, I keep finding other books I’d prefer to read, notably Citizen Clem by John Bew which is absolutely brilliant and deserves all the accolades that have been heaped on it. I keep going off…… Continue reading Not making much progress with reading War and Peace