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Spiritual places

The most obvious spiritual places are generally regarded as religious places. How many books feature these special places? I’ve identified a few: A church (of England) church in The Good Vicar by John Samson...

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Books on or by Michael

Books featuring Michael: Ray Wooster – Michael’s Magic Motor Car Jane Lockyer Willis – Michael’s Time Out (short story in Tea at the Opalaco) Books by Michael Michael Cheadle co-author of the Sir Chocolate...

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Time travel

I can’t say time-travel is one of my favourite things although I do sometimes think it would be wonderful to ‘beam me up, Scottie’ to get to another country rather than go through all...

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Children’s Books

The Adventures of Rhys & Towing Path Tales George and Flora Sir Chocolate Series And don’t forget to look at our Author Collaboration page for more children’s books.  

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Taxi … Cab … Uber …

The terms Taxi and Cab are almost synonmous now – there used to be a strong divide: if in the New York it was a yellow taxi and in London a Black Cab. With...

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Immigrant experiences influence writing

Xenopobia is nothing new, look at the attacks in South Africa in recent years against African foreigners trying to earn a living in that country. Experience tells me, however, that current feelings of discrimination...

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Books on or by Rhys

Twitter is a wonderful source of inspiration and snippets of useful and useless information. It’s thanks to the tweet below that this post came into being… Eliot Bliss and Jean Rhys https://t.co/SfUKlS8VuG pic.twitter.com/Blrr6Y2OzI —...

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Out of the ordinary?

What is ordinary or normal? It’s all relative in my opinion so why does society not accept the wonderful diverse range of people who make up our rich communities? The song ‘People are people...

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Language – crossing boundaries

With the increase in cross-boundary and cross-cultural writing, it’s important that the writer gets the language of the protagonists right but also to ensure that the reader knows what is meant. The importance of...

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Two versions of the same event

On 26 December I published a reflection on 2016. Many who grew up in Britain, white South Africa, the USA, Australia and New Zealand probably know the words to the popular Christmas carol, Away...