Happy/ier 2021

We had snow overnight last night, which has given the frogs on the birdbath little snowy hats, but it’s bitterly cold out and to add to our woes, Cumbria has been placed in Tier 4 of the Covid regulations which means no more trips out, anywhere, for the foreseeable future. All I can do is … More Happy/ier 2021

In Search of Dracula

Fans of the vampire genre in general, or Dracula in particular, should definitely try to track this BBC4 documentary down. Hosted by writer and horror buff Mark Gatiss, it’s a definitive history of not just the Bram Stoker book, but the myths and legends that inspired it, the various film and stage adaptations, and Gatiss’s … More In Search of Dracula

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My friend Anne Barwell had a new book, Shadowboxing, out very recently and today I’m delighted that she’s popping into my blog to chat about it. The book is set in Berlin in 1943 and she tells us about the hard work – and some of the pitfalls! – involved in researching the necessary details … More Location location