How was the Black Death different from Coronavirus?

Why is the Black Death so famous? There have been many pandemics over the centuries, but the one most people know of is the Black Death. It made a huge impact on the mediaeval World, not least in Britain. I expect people will see similarities between that pandemic and...

Isolated? Time to read , or write!

Are you among the many isolated people now? My wife and I are isolated because we are among the at-risk people, as we are old and have certain conditions. We are better off than many, as we spend a lot of time on-line already and can do a lot without having to...

Another short story: Billy’s Escape

A final offering for National Storytellers’ Week I hope you enjoyed my previous contributions to National Storytellers’ Week: A Mammoth Conflict for the Stone Age Detective¬† and Pigs in Mud. Both are extracts from my unpublished novel, The Stone Age...

Creating a credible character in context

What credible character? Does my next book lack a credible character? I am in the process of writing a novel set at the outset of the English Civil War in 1642. My hero is the son of a nobleman, studying at Oxford. He wants to keep out of political and religious...

Is 2020 time for another Scottish indyref?

Another? When was the last indyref? In 2014 there was an indyref – that is a referendum on Scottish independence. The vote went in favour of the union by about 55%.but the SNP – the Scottish Nationalist Party – say it’s time for another. Why?...

Do the Scots have a message for England as in 1715?

Did the Scots rebel in 1715? Not all Scots did. Many, probably most, accepted the rule of George the First. The rebels, called ‘Jacobites’, wanted to make James Stewart king. Religion, clan loyalties and personal ambitions all affected which side you were...