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Bodacious The Shepherd Cat By Suzanna Crampton

‘What I love about Book Club, is that it makes me read books I might never, otherwise, have chosen.’

So said one member of our group when we met, yesterday, to discuss our take on Bodacious, The Shepherd Cat.  How right she was!  A book, supposedly written by a cat?  Is...

Posted at 17:43pm on 16th May 2019

Creative Writing Workshop: Digging Deep For Plots

Last week we began a Creative  Writing Workshop, and I asked the question, Are You On the Right Track?  There was nothing flippant about this.  Before you begin to write your book, there are questions to be asked.  And answered!

The content of this, and future tutorials, will be the result...

Posted at 15:38pm on 30th March 2019

Creative Writing Workshop Introduction – Are You On The Right Track?

Right, let’s see.  Are you on the right track?  Is it that you want to write a book but don’t know where to start?  Or that you’ve already written your book, but don’t know how to get it published?

From past experience, over many decades, I think I have some idea...

Posted at 14:42pm on 30th March 2019

The Making Of Us By Sheridan Voysey - Book Review

DISCOVER WHO YOU CAN BECOME

I love Sheridan’s lyrical style of writing – so inviting, so personal, so picturesque.  Right from the first page, I found myself enthralled, as if I were meeting someone whom I knew, instantly, was going to become a friend.  Likewise, when grappling with sorrow and loss,...

Posted at 14:43pm on 23rd March 2019

Catching Contentment By Liz Carter - Book Club Discussion

I first heard of Liz Carter’s book, Catching Contentment, when I read, somewhere, that she had suffered a lifelong illness.  Instantly, that resonated with me.  Having undergone a similar experience, myself, I felt a closeness with Liz that belied the fact that we had never met, nor communicated in any...

Posted at 17:45pm on 15th March 2019

Inside Out

‘Making clean-eating a dirty word gets my vote’, so says Bryony Gordon in The Daily Telegraph.  Quoting the Duchess of Cornwall, who was speaking at a reception for the Royal Osteoporosis Society, she warned young women against ‘fad diets’ which have the potential of making them ill.  Lack of dairy...

Posted at 16:10pm on 26th February 2019

Encountering The God Who Heals - Book Club Review

This book, Encountering The God Who Heals, was recommended by a man who had heard John Ryeland speak, and was greatly enthused by what he had to say.  Personally, as I told my Book Club members, I didn’t find it an easy read but that, I felt, had more to...

Posted at 10:50am on 18th November 2018

Eleanor Oliphant Is Absolutely Fine - Book Club Review

Have you ever been aware of others talking about you behind your back?  Perhaps when you’ve been  standing alone, catching the flickering glances of a nearby group?  Knowing, without doubt, that the whispered exchanges in some way refer to you?

So how did it feel?  Especially if, like Katie Piper, for...

Posted at 15:23pm on 15th November 2018

Remember: 1914-1918

Peace, not war, the desire of our hearts

Is, sadly, not always our choice.

When opinion divides and appeasement departs

Our foes have the loudest voice.

 

And so it was, in nineteen fourteen

When Ferdinand drew his last breath,

And the Central Powers set the scene

For the horrors of carnage and death.

 

Global conflict, for four long...

Posted at 20:51pm on 10th November 2018

Catching Contentment - A Guest Blog

 I lay on a trolley in A and E, my breathing coming in rapid gasps. My oxygen sats were too low and the pain clamped me in a vice grip, leaving me crying out. ‘It’s a pneumococcal infection in both lungs,’ the consultant said, and admitted me for intensive IV...

Posted at 09:58am on 9th November 2018
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