Category Archives: blogging

Twitter

Great War Fiction is going on Twitter. This is mostly because of a prompt by Stephen Cooper, author of the interesting-looking book about Rugby players at war, The Final Whistle (which is on my to-read list, but I haven’t got round to it yet). Look out for tweets from  GeatWarFiction (#GeorgeSimmers). One may be arriving […]

Links

Two new blogs: Nick Milne’s very promising new blog is called Wellington House, since his current research is on the writers recruited by that Buckingham Gate organisation to write pieces that could be used for propaganda purposes. The blog ranges wider than that, though. The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship blog is run by Deb Fisher, who […]

About this site

While the rest of Britain is righteously worried about quantities of horse found in beef products, this blog is more concerned about the amount of bull in War Horse.

A new blog, and Leeds seminars

Well, it’s been going for a couple of months, but it’s new to me. armsand themedicalman is a blog by Jessica Meyer (whose Men of War was welcomed enthusiastically in this blog a few years ago). The blog will be a by-product of Jessica’s current research, into the experiences and identities of men serving in […]

Rupert Brooke, competitor

I’ve just been alerted by Bill Greenwell to his new blog, about the history of the New Statesman competitions (of which he has been the monarch for several decades). It’s very much a work in progress, and so far he hasn’t got much beyond some general thoughts and accounts of the earliest comps. It’ll be […]

The Wipers Times

The nice people at the Vulpes Libris blog are running a week of posts on the subject of parody. They kindly invited  me to contribute, and I sent them a short piece about the parodies in that best of all trench journals, The  Wipers Times. You can find it here.

The centenary begins…

This is just a note to welcome the Oxford World War One centenary website, which is building up a collection of resources (for teachers and librarians mostly, I think) about the War. Contributors include Dan Todman and Catriona Pennell, whose new book A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War […]

300,000 up!

Today this blog received its 300,000th hit. And there are plenty more posts to come…

But it’s just a children’s book…

A couple of correspondents recently have criticised me for taking Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful seriously. ‘It’s just a children’s book,’ they argue. ‘So you can’t expect literary sophistication or historical accuracy.’ Others have taken a similar line about Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas Truce poem, whose target market is also apparently children (though there was no […]

Archived

Occasionally, a morbidly-minded blogger like me thinks – so if I were to be run over by a bus tomorrow, what would happen to the blog? I suppose that the good people at WordPress (and they are very good people indeed) would keep it online for a while – but interest would fade eventually. Then, […]

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