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The diary of Isabella M Smugge – Ruth Leigh

Isabella is a modern social media type of Bridget Jones. Did you borrow the idea of your character from Helen Fielding? It honestly never occurred to me. The Diary of Bridget Jones is one of my favourite novels, so it … Continue reading

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A Remarkable Woman

This pandemic has robbed many people of family members and friends. It has robbed not only my friends and family but the world of a most remarkable woman, Dr Jember Teferra, Ethiopia’s champion of the poor. Although from a privileged … Continue reading

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Happy New year

Or is it? We’re still fighting the pandemic, in fact, a new more virulent strain than ever. For most of us the world begins with a certain sadness and a longing to connect with others in a real rather than … Continue reading

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Birthdays

December is a month of birthdays for many of us but me in particular. On 6 December it is the birthday of St Nicholas, the patron saint of children and giving. A kind man born in Myra, Greece born around … Continue reading

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Liz Carter

My blog today showcasing my friend and amazing writer, Liz Carter, whose recently published collection of stories and poems, Treasures in Dark Places, has already become a great success. 1.   You were born with a serious lung disease weren’t you, … Continue reading

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Memoirs: Fran Hill’s ‘Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?

I have recently been looking at memoir. There are many types of memoir books that have been written. Diary memoir is one of them. My friend and fellow writer, Fran Hill has written her latest book, Miss, What Does Incomprehensible … Continue reading

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Reunions in Literature

Family reunions are very important. They always have been. Yet in these times of the Pandemic, they have become more important than ever. It was great for my husband and myself to travel to London at the end of October … Continue reading

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Student again!

Yes, I’ve gone back to university this time to do a short course – part of an MA – in Creative and Critical Writing. The idea being to be a better writer but let’s wait on that one! Although not … Continue reading

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The North Devon Writers

A recent week in North Devon introduced me to a few local writers I didn’t know had an association with the area. Firstly there is the writer, Charles Kingsley born in Holne in Devon whose family later moved to the … Continue reading

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Celebrations

We have just celebrated my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday with a big party, balloons and a cake Well, she deserves it. Although her actual birthday isn’t until next month, the Bank Holiday weekend was the only time we could all come … Continue reading

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