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..


What’s black and white and red all over?

A newspaper or a book! Pleased to hear that another anthology of 100 flash fiction stories is being published by...
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What’s black and white and red all over?

The beginning of the end

Happy smiling faces in 1970 - twelve years before the closure of C  & T Harris in 1982. No irony...
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The beginning of the end

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