The last Tudor rose

The red roses in my garden are still blooming – a second round of their summer brilliance. The burnt, curling edges of the petals, herald the sombre shades of autumn. 22 September 2022  the death of Dame Hilary Mary Mantel DBE FRSL Guardian Obituary New York Times Where were you, what were you doing, when… Read More The last Tudor rose

Blog, Short Stories


Pleased to receive news today from Imogen Robertson, Chair, of the Historical Writers’ Association that my entry to their annual Dorothy Dunnett Society short story competition has been longlisted, along with 24 other stories. My story – The Quill Pen Maker’s Apprentice is  set in Bath, 1804. .I have been here before,  a few years’ ago, with another story, so am not… Read More Longlisted


More things to do with Wordle

The Wordle Theatre Company present TRYST, ELOPE, ATONE A lost work by Richard Brinsley Sheridan Dramatis Personae Madam Fluff Pinto Egret Primo Phase Lilac Brink Midge Power Rusty Hinge Beady Bayou Piety Droll Tipsy Goose Hutch Sever Wacky Wedge and Scrap the dog NB All members of the cast are Worlde-trained The Wordle Shipping Forecast… Read More More things to do with Wordle

Blog, Books

On the look out

Q  What did I see in The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, Centre News, Calne and Best of British magazine? A  My book C& T Harris (Calne): an Illustrated History on display and reviewed in a magazine. I’ve started taking photos of places where I’ve seen my book for sale. Sort of ‘Where’s Wally?’ but without… Read More On the look out