Writing with words & images

Shortlisted authors at Hall & Woodhouse DLF (DorchesterLitFest) Writing Award  2019 ceremony. Lft to rt, Emma Timpany (winner Travelling in the Dark, Fairlight), Susmita Bhattacharya (Table Manners, Dahlia)), Dee La Vardera (The Road to Civitella 1944, Fonthill Media) Maria Donovan (runner-up The Chicken Soup Murder, Seren).

I am Dee La Vardera, writer, historian and photographer from Wiltshire. I write magazine features, short stories and dabble in poetry. I have published non-fiction books about Wiltshire, and the Second World War.

‘Dewfall-hawk’ is Thomas Hardy’s poetic word for the nightjar which appears in ‘Afterwards’,  a favourite poem of mine.

Whatever the medium – poetry, prose, music, painting, sculpture or photography, it is a joy to have the freedom to express oneself and to share one’s view of the world with others.

See my biography..


End of the line

The text of the Illustrated History of C&T Harris (Calne) Ltd. is finished but I am still editing it –...
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End of the line

A pinch of Salt

  Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Like Henry V at Agincourt, another window of opportunity has...
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A pinch of Salt

Figures in a landscape

A selection of sculptures from the exhibition ‘Spirit and Endeavour’ in Salisbury Cathedral Close, and ‘Sculpture in the Landscape’ at...
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Figures in a landscape

Autumn walk

A walk around Ramsbury today and through the churchyard of Holy Cross Church.  A very sad gravestone to read of...
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Autumn walk