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Dorothy on Tour

My book, Dorothy, went on tour last week, a Blog Tour, which means the book was featured on five different blogs, one a day for five days.

It got some great reviews! Here are some of them.

  • This book is so beautiful and flows so well, I sat and read it in one sitting…
  • It is a biographical ode, melodious and melancholic…
  • Dorothy is a modern mini Iliad, intimate, original and impressively wrought, unlike any book you will ever read…
  • I am in awe of Neil’s ability to make poetic verse so accessible…
  • The insight with which Neil talks about his mother shows the ability to see her life through her eyes and not through his…

Previous Posts

Don’t scare the horses

We should have known. We should have recognised the omens. There had been so many. Floods, storms, drought, famine, plague. Death and destruction. Not by the gods but by the hands of men. Men hungry for power, raising armies, setting fire to the fields and the...

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INSHALLAH

And Mr Netanyahu went up to the mountain To thank God for the land He had given them. The Holy Land. The Promised Land. And God said I created heaven and earth Not just Israel. The land I made is for everyone. For you and everyone else To share. Equally. Do I have to...

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The King and I

Our paths crossed at Cambridge. I was at Jesus College from 1965 to 1968, he was at Trinity from 1967 to 1970. I saw him only once, when I was walking to my college along Jesus Lane and he was walking the other way with his bodyguards behind him. If he had been...

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Jerusalem Street

Down at the end of Jerusalem Street There's a butcher's shop selling cuts of meat Wrapped in cloth so white and neat You'd think it was really a winding sheet. So many parcels! Enough for a feast! Shoulder and loin, belly and feet, Heads to boil, legs to roast, Fresh...

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First Folio Day 

Shakespeare, Shakespeare, nothing but Shakespeare, as we celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the First Folio. In other words the first complete works, published in 1623 by Blount & Jaggard, prepared for publication by his old friends, John Heminges and...

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The antidote to Cities of Culture

The city of Leeds lost out in its bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023, disqualified by Britain's decision to leave the EU. Meanwhile, its neighbour, Bradford, has been chosen to be UK City of Culture 2025. Licking its wounds, Leeds (or rather Leeds City Council...

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Infantilising the nation

I have begun to wonder whether the government has conspired with the BBC to infantilise the nation. Participants in television programmes are encouraged to behave like children, jumping up and down, waving their arms about, hugging each other. Men, even very old men,...

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No clapping please, we’re mindful

Last week's 'Mindfulness Prom' was a quiet affair. The music was all lento and pianissimo. Just when clapping between movements has begun to be permitted, if only at the Proms, the audience for this concert listened in total silence. There were times when I had to...

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There’s something about a pub

There's something about a pub that loosens the tongue, sloughs off inhibition, turns the tide of imagination. How many novels, plays and poems have been conceived in a pub? How many ideas hastily scribbled down? How many hitherto unnoticed faults revealed when a draft...

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