Delight or Despair?


Last week, my fantasy novel, ‘The Whirlstone,‘ was rejected by the literary agent I’d submitted it to in November. Usually, this sends me into a state of despair whilst I decide that everything I have ever written is utter rubbish … Continue reading

From the Forest to the Sea – Emily Carr in British Columbia


If you’re in London, try to visit, ‘From the Forest to the Sea,’ an exhibition of paintings, sketchbooks, writings and drawings by Emily Carr (1871-1945) It is the first UK exhibition dedicated to her work and is organised by the … Continue reading

Old and New Beginnings


Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog since the beginning of December. I hope that 2015 is good year and brings you happiness, peace and fulfillment. Today, I am thinking about … Continue reading

The Anapestic Doctor


I wrote this poem last December during a creative writing course based at Rochester Adult Education Centre. Local authorities and government policies should recognise the importance of adult education in contributing to the health and welfare of the population. As … Continue reading

Miss Havisham walks the streets of Rochester

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Last weekend was the annual Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival where townsfolk dress up as Victorians or characters from Charles Dicken’s novels. Here is an interesting view of the procession at midday on Sunday. Look out for Bill Sykes -from Oliver Twist – with a very authentic looking dog and Miss Havisham – from Great Expectations.




Who Do You Think You Are?


Have you considered using a pseudonym? I decided to use J.M.Dallimore as my writing name in 2011; it was my maternal grandmother’s name. All the other surnames in our family rate as some of the most popular in the United … Continue reading