Plundering the Family Silver … or at least, the archive of experience

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I have been lapping up the coverage for Patrick Gale’s Man in an Orange Shirt and find the source material, the story of his parents’ marriage, deeply moving.   In brief, his mother discovered evidence that Patrick’s father was in … Continued

Arrogance and the Art of Prevarication

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As some of you know, I am in the process of publishing my second novel, The Arrogance of Women, on Kindle. I say ‘publishing’ which makes it sound as though it’ll be up there tomorrow, but alas it is more … Continued

Literary Festivals – a view from the inside

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There was a time when I viewed literary festivals from the outside, as a punter. I wanted books, more book, yet more books and stimulation, the opportunity to brush shoulders with authors, to feel a part of something special.   … Continued

The Road to Madaba

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  I have been thinking about my recent post, Once More on the Road to Cairo, and about my dad – an amazing man who I still miss very much – and about my research trip to Jordan, pre-9/11, which … Continued

Once More on the Road to Cairo – Teresa Benison

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At a recent Writers’ Cafe session on using old photographs as inspiration for writing, my search for material led me to some of my Dad’s photos from his time in North Africa during WWII; a few days later I came across … Continued