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New Zealand and the Lord of the Rings

Novelist S.C Skillman had visited Australia several times and even lived there for a period, but in November 2019, she made her first trip to New Zealand. As writer of paranormal mystery novels and a lover of JR Tolkien’s Lord … Continue reading

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New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud

To introduce my series about New Zealand past and present, I want to share some pictures of the place I have visited and enjoyed three times. New Zealand, or ‘Aoteroa’, as the Maoris call it, ‘Land of the Long White … Continue reading

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Ilness and Loss

As a follow-on from my series on writing with illness, disability and loss, I would like to finish the series by drawing some parallels on these topics by referring to my book, Waireka. Eliza, the heroine of my book, is … Continue reading

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Creativity through Loss

During these times of dealing with a major pandemic, illness followed by loss is a large part of our national and personal experience. Following on from my series dealing with creativity in sickness and disability, I would now like to … Continue reading

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3rd posting in my Writing with illness and disability series

Hello, Kathryn at this time of medical crisis in the UK, I am interested to see that you have been both a hospice nurse and a patient of cancer yourself. 1) Can you talk me through your nurse training and … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings to all my followers

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Rosemary Smith

Here is my second blog in my series, ‘illness and disability. While we are all self-distancing and worried about the Coronavirus, it is worth still remembering those who suffer or have suffered from cancer. Here below is Rosy Smith’s story. … Continue reading

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Writing with illness and disabilities 1

Contentment in the challenges? By Liz Carter It’s such a delight for me to be engaging with Sheila’s questions today. Sheila asked me to share a little about some of the challenges I’ve faced with my long-term lung diseases, especially … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Waireka’ by Sheila Donald, set in nineteenth century New Zealand – a story which makes you see your own life in a new perspective

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Before I start my series on New Zealand, which I visited in November 2019, I am delighted to review a book set in the very place I visited – New Zealand’s North Island. Map…

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My talk on New Zealand and my book Waireka

I would like to share with you my slides of New Zealand which I have put together for my talks. I will also share some of the content with you too. I want you to feel that you were there! … Continue reading

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