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John Challis, Poet And Author Of The Black Cab - Photo By Richard Kenworthy

The Black Cab: Views from the back seat

INTERVIEW FEATURE:  Poet John Challis talks to me about his pamphlet The Black Cab — plus work, fatherhood and the flickering shadows of film noir… You’ll find John Challis — the poet, not the character actor — busy behind the scenes…

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Tidings: A Christmas Journey By Ruth Padel

Tidings: A Christmas Journey by Ruth Padel

Do you love a well-told Yuletide tale? I must admit I do. One of my favourite festive books last year was Tidings: A Christmas Journey by Ruth Padel (Chatto and Windus, 2016). This moving narrative poem has all the hallmarks…

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Five books that inspired me

Thanks to The Journal's Culture magazine for inviting me to write an article for their June Readers' Lives feature. Writing about books that inspired me was a real pleasure - the challenge was limiting myself to just five books! Read…

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Stillness Speaks By Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

I overdid it this winter. Hunkered down. Feasted. Forgot to move. A whiff of spring and I’m waking up. My body craves soup, my heart, simple nourishment. No doorstep sandwiches or difficult novels for me. I’m writing haiku and reading…

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What it is by Linda Barry

I received a gift. A mysterious parcel in the post. I knew it was coming, but not what it was, nor when it would arrive. I waited by the letterbox like an eager terrier. I wanted to know what this…

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Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  So begins Rebecca’s Tale, echoing Daphne du Maurier’s haunting romantic thriller Rebecca. Twenty years has passed since Rebecca de Winter drowned off the coast of Cornwall. Now a different dreamer is…

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