Category: history

On self, authenticity, othering, religion and heat

It’s a bit warm right now. It was, despite being warm, six degrees warmer in Melbourne and do-not-ask hot in Adelaide. And this is my excuse for not giving you an exciting post. It’s only an excuse, however. I read some pamphlets and books from the late 17th century and am slowly getting a handle …

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On Listening and Writing

My last class for the year was all about teaching my students to listen to the stories told by traditional owners, and how not to explore artefacts as complete outsiders while considering oneself an insider. We talked about why. We did lots of listening. In fact, we spent nearly an hour and a half and …

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The Beast, The Janna Mysteries and The Janna Chronicles – guest post by Felicity Pulman

I’ve long been fascinated by the Middle Ages and when a character popped into my head: a young woman, daughter of a wortwyf, whose mother dies in mysterious circumstances but who is unable to avenge her mother’s murder because of her own lowly circumstances, the temptation to write a series about Janna’s quest for justice …

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What I’m doing right now (and what I want to do)

I’ve been trying to work out for years why some people fall naturally into tropes and the centre of current genre and think their work is original and others don’t and are certain their work is derivative and why so many people use a bit of this and a bit of that in their writing. …

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On History in Fiction and me: the current state of play

I’ve done almost all my teaching prep for tomorrow. It was very interesting, because tomorrow’s class is pretty much what I’ve been researching recently but from a writer’s point of view. When I first taught this, I used the same notes for writer’s and researcher’s views, but now I have clearly bifurcated lines. This is …

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Women’s History Month – a bit of background

In 2005 someone asked me to write a piece about Women’s History Month. I just found it in my folder of “Have no idea what happened to this” articles, so I’m sharing it with you today. Some of you may remember that I recently (in historical terms) checked with the surviving members of the first …

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Pamela Freeman – Women’s History Month

The woman who changed the hospitals My mother-in-law, Doris Hart, is one of my heroes. Born in West Bromich, and trained as a teacher because teachers were given scholarships, she married Ben Hart, a divorced man (shock! horror!) in 1951 and followed him to Singapore where he was a teacher at the RAF base. There …

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Farewell Schroedinger’s Gillian

One of my students pointed out last night that people could advance order my next book*. Another called it up on their computer, instantly. We rejoiced muchly, for it was the Beast, and had gone online with a temporary cover. This is how I discovered that Schroedinger’s Gillian is no longer. Finally, finally, I can …

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