The Philosophy and Modernity of Screenprints with Denby Richards
As an art student in the 60s Denby Richards became interested in silkscreen printing as a way of…
Ingrid Seward - The Thames Valley History Festival Interview
Ingrid Seward is a world-renowned royal biographer and editor of Majesty magazine. Acknowledged as…
In 1642 the king left London and set up his parliament and court in Oxford. A year later, the city of dreaming spires had become one of disease, filth and overcrowding. Royalists took over the town and the colleges. Students were replaced by soldiers and gowns by guns. A powerful example of how civil war affects all classes of society and a juicy backdrop for a novelist!
(via Andrew Swanston – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview)
And, secondly, I’d always rather wanted to make a violin myself. The book became my excuse – after years of dithering, I finally enrolled in a violin-making class. And, now that the book is finished, I’ve also got a violin that has got the first coats of varnish going on to it – the best possible memento of writing this book.
(via Vanora Bennett – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview)
Tim Lynch – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview
A few years ago I was showing my family around the Pointe du Hoc in Normandy. It was a hot sunny day and we sat on the grass talking about the battle there. My daughter was so fascinated she could hardly stop yawning until I told her that on the morning of 6th June 1944 a German rifleman had stood where she was, firing in that direction, sometime between 7 and 8am. She gave me that “Oh yeah?’ look until I pointed between her feet and she picked up a German rifle cartridge case that was sticking up from the grass. I explained that she was the first person to touch that case since that German soldier. You could almost see the light come on as she held an object that directly connected her to such a momentous point in history.
(via Tim Lynch – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview)
Of course, I love the period. It rocks. All those uptight gentlemen doctors puffing on penny smokes carrying out experiments on themselves. Blowing themselves up and accidently overdosing on laughing gas. All those women chucking laudanum down their lily white throats. I don’t buy the whole “little angel in the house” Victorian female stereotype, at all.
(via D E Meredith – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview)
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. — Vincent van Gogh
The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art. — Chuck Palahniuk
I love perfume, and am fascinated by the history of fragrance. The memory of Spain is bound up in fragrance for me – saffron and woodsmoke, paella cooking outdoors, incense in the churches, the scent of neroli in the orange groves where we lived. Even the smallest village seemed to have a ‘perfumista’ so it was a strong, instinctive link in the story.
(via Fiona Mountain – The Thames Valley History Festival Interview)