Bad Hair Day for Holofernes

The great thing about the Bible, for artists of the past, was that it gave them a whole host of excuses to depict war, murder, pillage, rape, and a great deal of naked flesh, without risk of censure. Or mostly without censure. Michelangelo had a field day, but a few fig leaves were added later.Continue reading “Bad Hair Day for Holofernes”

Wednesday Windback with Thorne Moore @ThorneMoore

Originally posted on Jill's Book Cafe:
Today I’m delighted to revisit my Five on Friday interview with Thorne Moore which was first posted in July 2019. It’s been brought up to date to include Thorne’s latest publications. Thorne writes psychological mysteries, or “domestic noir,” exploring the reason for crimes and their consequences, rather than…

Places in our Memories: With Chris Lloyd #Memories #MondayBlogs #Crimewriter #CrimeCymru

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
There are places that remain in our memories, the details may become slightly blurred, nostalgia may colour our thoughts, but they don’t fade. And how those places made us feel at the time is the one thing that remains. Today I’m really pleased to welcome Chris Lloyd, who I seem…

Bethulia and Otto

This is Otto, and he has a significant role in my new novel, Bethulia. Okay, when I say he’s Otto, that’s my name for him. He is actually “The Teifi Otter” and he was presented to the town of Cardigan on the Teifi estuary by David Bellamy on behalf of the Dyfed Wildlife Trust, toContinue reading “Bethulia and Otto”

Famous Sisters: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Laura Makepeace Stephen #FamousSisters #relationships #families #artists #authors #lostsisters #Sisters #PreRaphelites #MondayBlogs

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
“Words are an impure medium; better far to have been born into the silent kingdom of paint.” © Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf and her sister, the artist, Vanessa Bell, were the daughters of the historian Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Duckworth. Left: Vanessa Bell, 1902. Right: Virginia Woolf, 1902.…

Conspiracy Theories by a Hospital Trolley.

Having spent 11 hours waiting for an ambulance, 5 hours sitting in an ambulance, and 4 hours sitting by an A&E trolley while overwhelmed staff find time to decide what to do with the patient, my thoughts on the situation crystallised, although I wouldn’t say anything changed. The nurse who was finally able to talkContinue reading “Conspiracy Theories by a Hospital Trolley.”

Ann Hatton ( Ann of Swansea) and Sarah Siddon #FamousSisters #relationships #families #stage #actresses, #authors #poetry @honno

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
Sisters Ann of Swansea and Sarah Siddon Ann Hatton and her older sister Sarah, were the daughters of Roger Kemble and Sarah Ward, who led a troupe of travelling actors. Sarah was born in Brecon in July 1755, Ann, otherwise known as Ann of Swansea, in Worcester in April 1764.…

Six of One – Thorne Moore

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
This week we have another “Six of One” – where authors pick out six things which have influenced their writing or career in some way This time it’s the turn of Crime Cymru’s Thorne Moore One book: I could name a hundred books that have had a profound effect on…

The Queendom

King Charles III. Nope. Sorry, it just doesn’t work. We don’t have a king, we have THE Queen. If he’s going to replace her, he’s got to be Queen Charles. I’m not having a dig at his possible gender confusion or his preference for wearing skirts. It’s just the meaning of the title. King isContinue reading “The Queendom”