Category Archives: workshop 2018

Full Circle: Giants in the churchyard

The last of the winter light was beginning to fade as we left St Andrew’s and wandered out into the churchyard. In many respects, what awaited us outside was far more impressive and interesting than the Georgian interior. There were … Continue reading

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Romance and research… a writer’s gift to a reader

Once upon a time…and all the very best stories start that way… there was a little girl who read her way through every book in her mother’s library. It wasn’t a proper library, with mahogany shelves and great leather chairs… … Continue reading

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The Stone and the Pilgrim (1) – Steve Tanham

Sun in Gemini Late Friday afternoon, 14th September. A group of travellers arrive in Bamburgh, Northumberland. Their intention is to invoke a landscape. The meeting place is one of the hotels in the village of Bamburgh, but the first destination … Continue reading

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Our next event…

Castles of the Mind Seahouses, Northumberland Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September 2018 Do we have ‘castles of the mind’? Traditionally, ancient castles were build where there was trouble… Do we have the equivalent in our minds and emotions? Have … Continue reading

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Looking in the Looking Glass

As I schedule a post or two in advance to cover my absence for the Silent Eye’s workshop weekend, there are few things I can predict with any certainty. You never know what is going to happen or how things … Continue reading

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The Magical Roundabout – Steve Tanham

I remember the moment, a few years ago, when Stuart – one of my co-directors of the Silent Eye – said to me: “And that’s it, vanished in an instant: all that work about to be packed up, filed away … Continue reading

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Residential Writing Course with Mary Smith

Some of the participants at one of the Durhamhill Creative Writing Courses From March 13 to 15 I, along with historical novelist Margaret Elphinstone, am teaching on a residential creative writing course at Durhamhill, in a converted coaching house in … Continue reading

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A visit to Haddon Hall

Every time we had driven past Haddon Hall, I had the feeling we needed to go there. The feeling bugged me a bit, as stately homes have not really been part of our research. We tend to be drawn to … Continue reading

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The Deadly Edge of Love (part 2) – Steve Tanham

(Continued from Part One of The Deadly Edge of Love) It’s the morning of 18th November, 1558. Robert Dudley is witnessing a miracle.In her dying months, Queen Mary, Elizabeth’s half-sister, and daughter of Henry and Catherine of Aragon, has restored … Continue reading

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The Deadly Edge of Love (part 1) – The Silent Eye

They were both young, though he was a year older; beyond childhood but not yet adults, not in the way that their lives would soon force them to be… They had been together since their early years, and what they … Continue reading

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