A Message to the Children – Lesson Eight – MY HOLIDAYS

MY HOLIDAYS Waterside was a caravan park by a rocky cove. The railway line ran next to it, taking trains to Paignton and Torquay. At the age of eight I sat on the grassy embankment and watched the Great Western … Continue reading

A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN – LESSON SIX – GENTS AND GYPSIES

GENTS AND GYPSIES Uncle Joe Wright kept a seven feet high luminous Frankenstein in his kitchen.   Uncle Joe Williams wore a flying helmet and drove a motorcycle and sidecar. Uncle Joe Burton looked like Goebbels.   Joe Wright was Nellie’s … Continue reading

AMESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN – LESSON FIVE -THE LAST VICTORIAN

THE LAST VICTORIAN My childhood was spent in a Victorian world of slums: of mill chimneys, cobbled streets, gas lamps and yellow smogs. This wasn’t true for all my contemporaries in nineteen fifties Oldham. The Coppice, for example, was the … Continue reading

TANGO IN MADEIRA – BOOK GIVEAWAY

TANGO IN MADEIRA – BOOK GIVEAWAY OK I admit I know next to nothing about  e-publishing, though Marble City Publishing [http://www.rubybarnes.blogspot.ie/2013/03/shutting-stable-door-before-horse-has.html] do, and they are promoting TANGO IN MADEIRA with two free give-aways on Good Reads.  If you you are … Continue reading

BOOK COVER DESIGNER – JANE DIXON SMITH

BOOK COVER DESIGNER – JANE DIXON SMITH Marble City Publishing  http://marblecitypublishing.com/ are shortly bringing out my new novel TANGO IN MADEIRA and re-publishing a number of items in my back list as e-books.. For the cover design they have engaged … Continue reading

SHOULD WE BLOG ABOUT OUR DAILY AFFAIRS?

SHOULD WE BLOG ABOUT OUR DAILY AFFAIRS? My friend and fellow author, Mark Turner alias Ruby Barnes, in his handy little guide, The New Author,  http://marblecitypublishing.com/, comments that blogs that take the form of diaries can expect the same number of … Continue reading