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The Story Behind the Dedication of “The Natter of Knitters”

In an occasional series on my blog I share the reasons behind the dedications in my…

Sophie Sayers and Me

Perhaps because I write in the first person and I live in a village in the…

My Favourite School Story – Helen Hollick on Ruby Ferguson’s Jill Series

The fourth in my occasional series of interviews with author friends who love school stories First…

A Lockdown Date with Kittens

Two sources of comfort in lockdown: kittens & the Hawkesbury Parish News During lockdown, our community…

Nescafe in Albania

A nostalgic travel piece about coffee in Greece & Albania The backdrop is the sarong I…

Invitation to a Free Online Lit Fest & Other Author Events

Team line-up from a previous Hawkesbury Upton Lit Fest, before social distancing had been invented  –…

Body Clock Versus Alarm Clock: A Lockdown Dilemma

Chez Young we are sleeping like kittens during lockdown – including our new kittens, Bertie and…

My Favourite School Story: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – with Historical Novelist Clare Flynn

The third in my occasional series of interviews with author friends who love school stories Historical…

All Change!

My thoughts on lockdown – and the view from my bedroom window this morning My column…

Keep Calm and Tidy Up

Click the image to read this month’s issue in full online for free My column for…

Why Forget-Me-Nots Are a Recurrent Motif in my Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries

A tribute to my maternal grandmother through the medium of forget-me-nots Forget-me-nots in my grandmother’s treasured…

Weathering Storms

Every month, I write a column for our local community magazine, the Hawkesbury Parish News. The…

Out of the Mouths of Aunts

To read the whole issue online, click the image Every month I write a column for…

My Favourite School Story: Pippi Longstocking – with Guest Author Helena Halme

The second in my occasional series of guest posts by author friends who love school stories…

A Trick of the Light

Sunset on Starveall Lane, one of the single-track roads that leads into Hawkesbury Upton Every month,…

Introducing My Latest Book – and a New Mini-series

The first in a fun new series of quick reads I’m pleased to announce the publication…

The Joy of Serendipity

In my column for the January 2020 issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, which I wrote…

Join my Readers’ Club to Enter an Exclusive Prize Draw for Sophie Sayers’ Luxury Handknitted Scarf

In my first post of 2020, I’m pleased to invite you to enter an exclusive prize…

Just for You: A New Christmas Short Story featuring Sophie Sayers – and It’s Free to Read Here!

As my Christmas present to you, here is a new free short story, available to read…

How My Childhood Made A Citizen of the World

Click to read the whole issue online In my Young by Name column for the December…

Artistic Connections

Click the image to read the whole issue for free online In my column for the…

Latin is a Language (Not Quite as Dead as Can Be)

In my column for the November issue of the Hawkesbury Parish News, I shared the new…

Coining It – Some Thoughts about Commemorative British Coins and Pound Notes

My latest collectible 50p coin features Sherlock Holmes My column for the November 2019 issue of…

Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day 2019

The Hawkesbury Upton village community prepares to mark Remembrance Day at the war memorial on The…

Vasilios: A Tribute to the Man Behind the Name