Monthly Archives: June 2014

How to run a writing retreat – Part 2

Put six women word-lovers together in a beautiful place, away from the usual distractions of family and work and technology and it is inevitable that some unexpected things happen and tears are shed. Of course we were here to write. … Continue reading

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A week down the rabbit hole ­– or how we run our writing retreat Part 1

I’ve been coming to Devon for a few years now and adore it here, as many of you know. In the film, Into the Wild, the reader is left with the unforgettable words: “happiness is only real when shared”. And … Continue reading

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Finding that happy place

Wrung out, spun out, hung out to dry, I fling myself to Devon where the hedgerow’s high. Don’t look back or up here, only forward, baby- stepping to the closest passing place; go as fast as the least slow. Healing … Continue reading

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The soul travels by horseback

“The soul travels by horseback,” wrote Harry Mulisch in The Stone Bridal Bed, which means that though we can physically travel vast distances by air, train or sea, our souls move at a much slower pace, as if on horseback. … Continue reading

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A quirky return

Ian and I have just popped over to Holland from Malaysia to attend our son, Sam’s, graduation ceremony from University College Utrecht. Even as I write that sentence I realise how crazy it must seem to those who have never … Continue reading

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Finding my sunny intervals

The worst thing about being a global nomad has to be saying goodbye to good friends. The best thing about being a global nomad has to be making new friends, friends who become soulmates in record time. I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Time for a spot of luxury

Sam is graduating next week from uni in the Netherlands and Ian and I, of course, want to be there. Joshua, global nomad that he is, knew his one time best friend, Joel, lived in Singapore and voted to go … Continue reading

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