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..


Hardship, brutality and hope in WW2 story

It all began with a scrap of a paper in Norman Beale’s late mother’s effects, with a name and address...
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Hardship, brutality and hope in WW2 story

The £2 gift

What a pleasure to find a rare early Harris-related document to add to the jigsaw of its history, tucked away...
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The  £2 gift

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