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My latest blog posts

My latest blog posts

Spring, timelessness, romance

Daffodils, tulips, bluebells; dozy bees and cheery thrushes; the drone of a lawnmower, the scent of the new grass; the bluest sky, the sun on your face . . . spring has arrived! For me, spring is the most energising season. There’s renewed vigour, more power in a daydream, the

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Live on doubts?

One of French author Francois de la Rochefoucauld’s most famous maxims is on the subject of jealousy. ‘Live on doubts,’ he advises; ‘it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.’ Francois de la Rochefoucauld is advocating an ostrich-with-its-head-in-the-sand approach to doubts about a

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Writers’ rooms

Regular readers of my blog will know that settings are a big inspiration for me in my writing. I love to write outdoors, amid the lush, vivid colours of gardens, the hum of crickets and the melodies of the birds; but of course sometimes the south of France is too

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African proverbs

I love quotations and aphorisms and proverbs – simplicity coupled with inspiration and power. In researching Burning Embers, I read a lot of books about Africa, in particular those relating to African culture and philosophy. It struck me that some of the basic African proverbs have become worldwide currency. Perhaps

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A winning love ballad?

This past week the newspapers have been full of commentary on the release of this year’s Eurovision entry song: ‘Love Will Set You Free’, sung by Engelbert Humperdinck (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNv9pjqZkk). The song is a ballad, simple, restrained – the vocals accompanied by a melancholic Spanish guitar arrangement.  The lyrics are

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Favourite poem: The Stars Falling

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a poem from my favourite poet, Leconte de Lisle. Regular readers of my blog will remember I have a real affinity for de Lisle’s poetry, which dates back to the 19th century. His verses are a source of inspiration for me in creating

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