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