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I was honoured this weekend to be given the chance by BBC Radio 4’s great programme, From Our Own Correspondent, to tell the moving story of the death of my mother’s WW2 fiance, Martin Preston, nephew of the poet Robert Graves; and the heroic resistance put up by the Bucks […]

Journey to Hazebrouck: BBC From Our Own Correspondent


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Our journey aboard the Ombak Putih began in Sorong, in West Papua, or Irian Jaya, as it is known today. A bush town that services the resources grab currently taking place in Irian Jaya, Sorong felt like a place straight out of a Joseph Conrad novel. In an arts and […]

In Wallace’s Wake: Part Two ~ Penis Gourds and Birds ...


Earlier this month I had the honour of teaching at a new summer camp for teen writers, which was held on Shelter Island, New York, from July 2-9th. Created in memory of an Auschwitz survivor, Rena Gelissen, the central character in the inspirational Holocaust memoir, Rena’s Promise, by the camp’s […]

Rena’s Promise International Youth Writers Camp



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This weekend marks the 70th. anniversary of the epic withdrawal from Dunkirk, in which 330,000 allied troops were plucked from the beaches after the collapse of the British Expeditionary Force’s campaign in France and Belgium. Many British soldiers did not make it home. One of them was my mother’s fiance, […]

The Very White of Love