During the month since I decided to spend 2019 with Virginia Woolf I have discovered a number of things. I like the way she writes and I’m looking forward to seeing how this changes over time as she matures. Whilst I don’t always enjoy what I’m reading in terms of the subject or the attitude, … Continue reading The Time Travelling Reader
Virginia Woolf that is. I was thinking about my 2019 reading challenge when I saw a Facebook post advertising a Cambridge Summer School called Virginia Woolf’s Gardens. It seemed rather too good to be true - which it was once I made the mistake … Continue reading 2019 The Year of the Woolf
Figgy Dowdy(or Figgy Pudding). Having made a reasonable post-WW2 bacon and onion roly-poly a la my Nan recently I'm going further back in time to the eighteenth century to attempt to make the wonderfully named Figgy Dowdy. The Figgy Dowdy, described by James Martin as 'a rib-sticking dessert for hearty appetites', was originally made on … Continue reading A Very English Pudding 1
As a book lover what’s more difficult? Walking past a bookshop without going in or trying to pick five books from decades of reading? Clearly steely self-discipline is required for the former, something that in my case is in very short supply, whilst the latter’s difficulty lies in the sheer scale of numbers. In the … Continue reading 5 books that influenced my writing
An interesting, and quite unexpected, thing happened in my writing life recently. I had always thought that when I got around to my first (really very serious) writing project it would either be historical fiction based in fifteenth century England and/or France or, a high fantasy epic. However, as I was putting together some ideas for the online How … Continue reading Out of the blue
The April round of Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow so I thought I ought to post something before it all kicks off, and I get sucked into the 1,000 words a day that I have set myself. If that sounds like I'm not looking forward to it then that's really not the case. I am. This … Continue reading Camp begins tomorrow.
I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about Gothic literature. I've always been a fan of the genre but lately its become a bit of an obsession. From Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto via Dracula to The Vampire Diaries, I can't seem to get enough of it. So, going away to stay in a Victorian country house, deep in the heart … Continue reading The Gothic Project (or, How to let your Imagination get the Better of You!)