Blogs in April 2021

The Song of the Skylark 2nd April 2021

Mary Mitchell, nine years old. Draw your straws, gentlemen, and we’ll see who’s to win this prize.” It is 1842, and this method of assigning parish apprentices has died out, except in North Devon. This story is based on...

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The Postman Poet 27th January 2018

As a young boy, Edward Capern is desperate to read and write, but has to work an eighty-hour week in Barnstaple’s lace factory. As a man, he dreams of writing poetry and building a fairer society, but these aspirations...

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All Around The Year 27th January 2018

These twelve poignant stories, deeply rooted in the Devon landscape, are each linked to a month of the year from January through to December. You will be transported from a sleepy village square to the wilds of Exmoor and...

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Fever: a Story from a Devon Churchyard 24th January 2018

How many of us have wandered through a country churchyard and been moved by the memorials to young children? In this book the author sets out to discover the truth behind a number of graves dating from just one...

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The Turning of the Tide 21st January 2018

Devon, 1871 Young and vulnerable Selina Burman from Clovelly and her two young children are confined in the harsh environment of Bideford Workhouse. She can only observe them from a distance and despairs of a better future. Her prospects...

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