A literary festival and a legacy

This week I have been indulging myself with a talk by the wonderful Kate Adie, at The Bridport Literary Festival. Away from the frontline of war reporting, the BBC’s former chief news correspondent has now relocated to Dorset and written a book about some of the unsung heroes of World War I: women. Her talk was fascinating, focusing on specific contributions made by women in and around Bridport from 1914-18 and the legacy they left. I had no idea that the Bridport rope industry – which dates back hundreds of years – was called in for the war effort, with women making thousands of nets for the Navy and Army. Adie’s talk touched on the roles of several key women from the area; it was thought-provoking, humbling and inspiring in equal measure. All delivered by a truly great journalist and woman whose own legacy speaks for itself. I couldn’t resist hovering at the end to meet Adie in person and get my brand new copy of Fighting on the Home Front signed.

The talk at Bridport’s Electric Palace formed part of Kate Adie’s UK book tour – if she’s visiting a venue near you, grab a ticket and enjoy.


Places I write: Part 3

It may be well overdue, but finally an update on my writing den out front. A reminder of the exterior of my dinky Eriba:

Inside it has been transformed into a haven; it’s colourful, cosy and inspiring, at least to my mind.

(if you’re not a fan of crocheted blankets look away now)

From this …

… to this

bright writing seat writing seat 2

I just love the wallpaper! It adds a slightly sinister touch, I think.


wallpaper & throw before


 wallpaper detail

Then there’s this …

… to this

I always have various visual prompts lying around, which vary according to what I’m writing. Regular readers of this blog will know the remainder of this year is all about the first draft of my novel; these are some of the bits and bobs assembled in the van:


So, I’ve finally made it from here …

… to here

Before I hunker down in my new writing zone for the winter months (complete with heater and hob), a big thank you to L and her sewing skills.