Collaborative Short Story by Angela Caldin and Friends

I belong to a writing group composed of five friends who met 10 years ago on a week’s holiday on the island of Zakynthos where we took part in a creative writing course. (Actually, that’s not strictly accurate as one of the friends is my husband whom I met more than 40 years ago and he didn’t do creative writing, he did sailing, but we let him join the group nonetheless.) One of our activities over the years has been to write stories where one of us starts off and then the… Read More

Carol Ann Duffy, a Truly Accessible Poet by Angela Caldin

Brief Background on Carol Ann Duffy I knew three things about Carol Ann Duffy a few days ago. I knew she was the Poet Laureate in the UK, following on from Andrew Motion and Ted Hughes. I knew she was the first woman to hold this post. I also knew that she was gay, or perhaps bisexual. Now, since my husband gave me a copy of her collection of poems entitled ‘The World’s Wife’ for my birthday, I know a great deal more. Mainly that she is witty, subversive, inventive, observant, thoughtful,… Read More

Think On by Angela Caldin

‘Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.’ Aldous Huxley      

Dinner for One by Emily Smart

A Blog About Hosting an Imaginary Dinner Party for 4 Literary Characters Choosing who to invite Playing catch up – yet again – to my fellow bloggers (honestly old people have too much time on their hands); I have been tasked with writing a post on hosting a dinner party for four literary characters. For most people this would probably be an arduous task. There are literally millions of literary characters to choose from, and therefore it would be difficult to narrow it down to merely four. Alas, it’s an arduous task… Read More

Dinner for Four by Angela Caldin

Guest list Edward and Jane Rochester Catherine Linton and Heathcliff The Rochesters arrived first, Jane leading the way, while her husband’s right hand rested on her shoulder as she guided him towards the table. At his heels trudged a long-haired black and white Newfoundland dog, loyally glued to its master. Jane apologised for the dog and said she hoped it would be acceptable for Pilot to lie under the table as he was too old to be left alone now. They sat down at opposite sides of the round table and Pilot… Read More