Category: "Guest Blogs"

  • Interpreting the stories in 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us once again as a guest on the blog to give us a further insight into his magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse, in this post looking at interpreting the stories. There is no one interpretation or ‘meaning’ to a Djuha story and there are hundreds of stories. The first ones I read were in an old travel book I picked up in a second-hand comic exchange when I...

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  • The inspiration behind 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Acclaimed poet Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us as a guest on the blog to give us an insight into the inspiration behind this magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse. Written in Morocco The Book of Upside Down Thinking was inspired by folk-stories from the Near and Middle East that date back as far as the 11th century...read on to find out more from Brian.  Most...

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  • Matthew's Story . . .

    Dear Son,                                                                              10thJuly 2012 Thank you so much for the Dear Dad, from you to me journal that you gave to me for my birthday. I was touched that you were interested in finding out about my life story, particularly as we don’t get the chance to spend much time talking to each other these days. Your life is so busy with work, the kids and all the new fangled gadgets that seem to have...

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  • Confessions of a treasure thief

    Traditionally New Year and the advent of Spring tend to stimulate a good tidy up and a thorough Spring clean, but for me September has felt like a new beginning. Children off to meet their new teacher with crisp uniforms and clean lunchboxes, a new academic year (husband is a university lecturer), and a nice new tan from the summer holiday. A taste of outdoor life and sunshine over summer has topped up my energy and...

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