Category Archives: blogging

Walter Greenwood – New Blog on the Block

Anyone interested in inter-war fiction should take a look at the new blog Walter Greenwood – Not Just Love on the Dole. It’s by Chris Hopkins, who has just published a book on Greenwood.  The book is a thorough study of Love on the Dole, the novel for which Greenwood is famed, but the blog […]

A decade of blogging

I woke this morning to an email congratulating me to the fact that this blog is ten years old today. I really hadn’t realised. Occasionally I get fed up with commemorations and anniversaries, but here is one that I suppose I ought to mark. Ten Years. Quite a while.

The Magnet

I gave my Magnet talk at Manchester yesterday. That’s one I really enjoyed researching, but I ought to move on now. I had intended to publish the paper on this blog, but I now think I’d rather wait, and incorporate it into a longer piece of writing about ways in which popular culture found ways […]


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 […]


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 […]