‘You could say I’m reluctantly retired from writing books’: travel writer Dervla Murphy

In a rare interview, the much-loved author of Full Tilt and Through Siberia by Accident, now 86, looks back on more than 50 years of pioneering, intrepid travel

New Moomin museum opens in Finland

Tove Jansson never took her family of fairytale characters too seriously, but they now have their own museum in Tampere, attracting Moomins fans from around the world

Tale of Dickens’ fight to save Shakespeare house retold in exhibition

Events in which novelist helped save bard’s birthplace from clutches of US showman PT Barnum will be celebrated in Stratford

The retreats where famous authors found inspiration – in pictures

Former president Barack Obama is to journey to the South Pacific island of Tetiaroa, once owned by Marlon Brando, to write his memoir. Here’s a look at where other famous authors found the inspiration to write

Miracles and Idolatry

I have just finished reading the book “Miracles and Idolatry” by Voltaire. I am genuinely impressed that someone can place so much knowledge about religion, history, philosophy, and the human condition on so many different subjects, ranging from ‘Apocalypse’ to ‘Martyrs’ and ‘Cannibals’ to ‘Luxury’, into such a short book. His summation of the various importantContinue reading “Miracles and Idolatry”

Carrot and Stick Festival – Wimborne Minster

An excerpt from this book – 40 Humourous British Traditions The carrot and stick approach has been defined as combining a promised reward with a threatened penalty although other people believe that the phrase should read “carrot on a stick,” which is purely an incentive with no implied threat. Both phrases have been incorporated intoContinue reading “Carrot and Stick Festival – Wimborne Minster”