Writing with words & images

Where I would most like to be – in a cafe or restaurant. Somewhere, anywhere.

I am Dee La Vardera, writer 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. I have just finished An illustrated history of C. & T. Harris (Calne) Ltd: 250 years of success, failure and regeneration for Amberley Publishing.

‘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..


Who is H?

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The Eight Widows of Tounson Almshouses – Part 2

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