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Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford

Posted on Jul 11, 2017

As usual, it’s been a busy few months and our last event for the summer was on Saturday 24 June at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Walton Street, Oxford. Coincidentally, a street that I know well as my sister-in-law and brother-in-law used to live there. In fact the day turned into a family reunion for my husband, Charlie Johnson, as we met up with...

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Oxford here we come…

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

It’s Refugee Week and on Saturday 24 June we will be at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford: There will be readings from our Refugees and Peacekeepers Anthology. Contributions from ticket entry and book sales will be made to Help Refugees and the Refugee Council. Here is the list of readers:   Wersha Bharadwa is an award-nominated journalist...

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Piacenza in May

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

We have been spending quite a lot of time in Piacenza, a city in Emilia-Romagna. The local football team is called ‘Piace’ which means pleasing, as in ‘mi piace’ – ‘I like’. In Roman times it was called Placentia. Piacenza, a garrison town, not that dissimilar to Colchester, cannot be counted as a tourist...

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Saturday 27 May, Piacenza Italy

Posted on May 8, 2017

Rosso Tiziano Art Gallery, Piacenza Launch of Il Tempo del Disgelo by Ilaria Locati. Readings by Ilaria Locati, Sara Elena Rossetti and Arturo Croci. Music by guitarist, Matteo Ugazio. Ilaria Locati Artist. She graduated from the Brera Academy in Milan with a degree in sculpture. She has participated in many one-person and group shows in Italy and...

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April sunshine and chilly evenings…

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Here in Italy we will be celebrating Liberation Day on 25th April which also happens to be my late parents’ 75th wedding anniversary. They got married in London three years before Italy was liberated in 1945. After a busy March we are having a short Easter break in Castelletto, Italy. Nightingales are singing outside our bedroom. I have seen a dead...

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March has been very busy…

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

We have had five events this March. On Wednesday 1st March I gave a talk to various years in the lovely library at St Helena’s School, Colchester as part of World Book Week. The girls and boys were very attentive and it was great to find so many young people interested in creative writing and in getting themselves published. Thanks to Luigi Callegari,...

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