Pamela Colman Smith reviews:

The reviews are quite an interesting mix, some positive, some less so. It strikes me that people review books based upon their personal preferences and I thank everyone who has taken the time to review my book publicly because it helps others to decide whether it...

Investigating Pamela …

When commissioned by Amberley Publishing to write my third book on the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Bude, Secret Bude, I never imagined it would lead me to travel around Cornwall and Devon in search of clues about the world-famous tarot artist, Pamela Colman...

Covid contentment?

During the Covid-19 'lockdown', you could say I have been content. I haven’t written much but I have also had no real demands on my time to concern myself with, other than freelance work, of course. 'Content' is not a word I usually associate with. Usually, I am...

Books, once written, have no need for their authors …

I'm a big fan (having read only two of them) of the Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante (pseudonym). She reputedly says: I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors. If they have something to say, they will sooner or later find...

Pamela’s resting place in Bude

For anyone who does not live in or near Bude, here are a few photos of the church where Pamela Colman Smith is buried. It is St Michael's and All Angels Church in Bude. She has a fabulously peaceful resting place peeking down over the canal down to the sea. It was...

Being published during a pandemic …

While a lot of the world is on pause, book publishing goes on. Schedules are created but with bookshop closures and shipping delays, it can be hard to get hold of them. Mine is one of them. As Lionel Shriver says in this article: Q: How do you feel about your new...

Researching Charlotte …

At Shaw's Corner ... There is something fascinating about seeing exactly where noteworthy writers crafted their works, as if we can absorb some o their creative genius from the ether, so a visit to the home of George Bernard Shaw (GBS), winner of a Nobel Prize...

Damnable dementia …

Here’s one written when my mother was still alive and which I've since updated …the experience I describe here became a distant memory as my mother’s vascular dementia progressed. Dementia is a demon who created a woman I disliked, dreaded seeing, but felt...

Staying in is the new going out …

I wrote this some time ago (Feb 2019) but it seems more pertinent now. Don't worry, I've not gone all trendily 'hygge' but when the weather turns cold and the nights are dark, then staying in hugely appeals to me. If I'm writing a book, I am never alone anyway....

Coronavirus – the positives

Coronavirus started out as a problem in Wuhan, China.    The latest research jointly conducted by researchers such as South China Agricultural University, Professor Shen Yongyi, and Professor Xiao Lihua, shows that the pangolin (a form of ant-eater) is a...