Well, there’s no point doing all that work if you don’t enjoy yourself at the end of the day, is there? I’ve already mentioned the dancing until midnight, but there’s much more than that on the entertainment front at Swanwick. The speakers this year were excellent, again, with a mix of advice, inspiration and entertainment. … More Swanwick 2019 Part Two – Playing hard…
All good things must come to an end, and so, Swanwick 2019 is, sadly, over. In my opinion, it’s been one of the best, so good, that I’m breaking the annual ‘Swanwick Adventures’ into two posts this year; working hard today, and of course, playing hard tomorrow! Firstly, the bits that were causing me slight … More Swanwick 2019 Part One – Working hard…
It’s that time again… A whole week of writing-based motivation, inspiration, and fun! When this is published, I’ll be on the train, winging my way to Derby, going through the programme for the umpteenth time, checking I’ve definitely made the right choices in terms of my specialist course, short-courses, and one-hour workshops. Last year, I … More Off to Swanwick!
Sunshine over Bluebell Castle The summer she will never forget… Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot… But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not … More Book review: Sarah Bennett, Sunshine over Bluebell Castle
Buried Treasure Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both … More Book review: Gilli Allan, Buried Treasure
Visiting a gaol on one of the hottest weekends of the year? Perhaps not the most obvious choice, but it was certainly cooler in there than it was outside last Saturday! I’ve been to the old gaol before, when I lived in Hexham, but I was keen to get back, and spend some quality time, … More ‘Felons’ at Hexham Old Gaol
A Right Royal Face-Off It is 1777, and England’s second-greatest portrait artist, Thomas Gainsborough, has a thriving practice a stone’s thrown from London’s royal palaces, while the press talks up his rivalry with Sir Joshua Reynolds, the pedantic theoretician who is the top dog of British portraiture. Fonder of the low life than high society, … More Book review: Simon Edge, A Right Royal Face-Off