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The Christmas Cat - Chapter 2: The House on the Hill

A massively belated second instalment in ‘The Christmas Cat’, a story I wrote one Christmas as a serial for my two nephews, then six and seven. 1,586 more words

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FILEY - International Readers Fesitival of Yucatan

This coming week, if you wander into the Siglo XXI Convention Center from the parking lot, you’ll see the length of the corridor is decorated in a bright red and yellow motif, with traditional Chinese paper lanterns hanging overhead. 312 more words

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FILEY 2017 - the biggest literary event of the year

This coming week, if you wander into the Siglo XXI Convention Center from the parking lot, you’ll see the length of the corridor is decorated in a bright red and yellow motif, with traditional Chinese paper lanterns hanging overhead. 312 more words

Writing

Designing a gansey

At first I thought I’d make a gansey by closely following a traditional pattern. Turns out that’s problematic: most patterns are modern ones, retrospectively designed from finished garments and photographs. 418 more words

Knitting

What do you do on a writing weekend?

Somebody asked me last year…

What do you do on your writing weekends away, how does it work?  What is it you actually do?

Hmmm, quite a difficult question to answer really, as no two weekends are ever the same and there’s no real agenda to follow, just a few ideas I know I want to spend some time on. 885 more words

Filey Folk Festival 2017

We are delighted to be hosting our stage at Filey Folk Festival again this year – at Filey Masonic Hall, 27 Rutland Street, YO14 9JA – on Saturday and Sunday April 29th and 30th (the early May bank holiday weekend). 827 more words

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Roots and connections

One of my initial reasons for carrying out my family history research was to see if I could work out where my “brains” came from. Most of my cousins and siblings have not progressed, from an educational point of view, beyond what were then called ‘O’ levels. 517 more words

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