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Dark crimson and brown leather-bound tomes, and others like them, emerge every so often from the blackness several stories deep beneath the reading rooms of the British Library; on demand the volumes rise up from London’s bowels. A young man with a faraway look in his...

Six authors* shared their experience of travel writing with an audience of one hundred and twenty people in London on Saturday 6 October 2018. The ‘Travel Writing Study Day’ took place in the comfortable Knowledge Centre Theatre, a state-of-the-art meeting venue annexed to the British...

Kate Watson-Smyth is known by thousands, perhaps millions, as the woman who is mad about the house. A journalist writing for the masses Kate offers advice that is genuine and down-to-earth. I met Kate in 2014, we were invited to an upholstery workshop run by...

The 16 September 2018 is a  milestone; it was the first exhibition of my writing and the first reading of my work. Earlier in the year, it was the tail end of June, the impulse to apply for a residency with Caroline Salem took hold and I'm very...

Some of my closest friends visibly shuddered when I told them I was hoping to spend time in a crypt. Stephen’s eyes flickered like a dodgy light fitting as he repeatedly asked,  ‘But what would you do down there?’  I wasn’t really sure. It was more a...

Miya, a dental surgeon from Trinidad, had bought a new-build apartment by the river. She was desperate to introduce colour and called me in to help. The room was not quite square but trapezoid, with kitchen units along one wall. Though the shape was a...

I belong to a circle of Open University creative writers, Louise Wilford is an online friend and mainstay character in the group. When I discovered this piece in her repertoire I thought I’d share. It changes the pace in my Journal, slowing the reader for...

Home renovation television programmes focus on the scene ‘before’ and the big reveal ‘after’ but they pay little regard to decisions made in the planning. Interior design is about making the right choices, a process that is time-consuming. In an edited half hour it’s impossible...

Collage has been taken up by the masses in the digital age; if you use software to edit and rearrange images to produce new work you are likely to be collaging, and if you manipulate photographs you are likely to be producing photomontage* of a...

‘James Cook: The Voyages’ is on at the British Library, London, until 28 August 2018. Pay a small fee and take a couple of hours walking through the life and times of one of the most famous explorers in history. The exhibition charts three voyages...

Broadway Market teams with parents and pushchairs seeking a free spot on the pavement to drink a cappuccino. Number seven has a somewhat dour grey painted frontage but the large window is colourfully displayed with fabrics and graffiti style art. Shop owner Barley Massey told...

Farmers struggle to bale hay in clouds of yellow dust kicked up by a warm wind from the continent. It is July, a record-breaking month, dry and blisteringly hot. I sit in an airy barn at the Wysing Arts Centre in the heart of rural...