Writing with words & images

Dee with her latest book ‘Bringing Home the Bacon, the story of the theft of Wiltshire’s Bronze Pigs’, endorsed by Marc Allum, BBC Antiques Roadshow Specialist.

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


The smallest library in Wiltshire

Possibly, the smallest collection in the county, if not the country. The Samuel Hey Library, St Mary’s Church, Steeple Ashton...
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The smallest library in Wiltshire

Spring walk

On a walk around Steeple Ashton, snowdrops were appearing everywhere, a sure sign that spring is round the corner. I...
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Spring walk

Record time

From Lascaux’s prehistoric cave paintings to illuminated manuscripts on vellum to 25 million books in the British Library, we have...
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Record time

Chinese New Year

And it's the Year of the Pig- who'd have guessed? Thank you Wiltshire Museum for this tweet. Wiltshire Museum (@WiltshireMuseum)...
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Chinese New Year