Writing with words & images

Dee La Vardera with Terry Waite
Dee La Vardera with Terry Waite CBE

I am Dee La Vardera, a writer and photographer from Wiltshire. I write magazine features, short stories and non-fiction books on local history and WW2-related subjects.

I admire writers and artists who can capture a moment of truth or beauty in their work; who find the extraordinary in the ordinary, as a poet such as Thomas Hardy does.

 Why Dewfall-Hawk?

‘Dewfall-hawk’ is Hardy’s poetic word for the nightjar, which appears in his poem Afterwards. Sometimes writing is like searching for food at dusk or at dawn, as the nightjar does. That twilight world where ideas and memories mix and melt, and the real and the imagined combine and create something other.

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..


Sweet Heaven

Sunday afternoon, 1958. Between Life with the Lyons and Sing Something Simple on the Home Service, my father is in the
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Sweet Heaven

Putting your stamp on style

Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can
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Putting your stamp on style

Crème de la Crème in Tuscany

It's the 100th anniversary of the birth of Muriel Spark this year but I wasn't aware of this when I
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Crème de la Crème in Tuscany

Tiffin Tins and Cooking Pots

When Soak Becomes Spill, the monumental stainless steel sculpture by Subodh Gupta, greets you at the entrance to Hauser &
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Tiffin Tins and Cooking Pots