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Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival: Celebrating Indie Writing and Reading

My dear friend and sister indie author, Debbie Young, recently told me that she is starting a literature festival to celebrate books and reading. It didn’t come as a surprise. Debbie is known to us all for her zeal in bookish activities, locally and nationally. Nevertheless, she is one busy lady, with her family, her work for ALLi, her own books and assorted voluntary and village activities. So why a literary festival? Why I Founded the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival Having founded a village fun-run four years ago, I had first-hand experience of how receptive our village is to new ventures…

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Fighting for Peace.

As someone who agrees with the sentiment behind the crudely expressed saying, that (strong language objectors, avert your eyes) “fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity”, I cannot imagine ever wearing a poppy, despite agreeing with the British Legion website when it asserts that “remembrance transcends all boundaries”. That assertion would be more convincing if,

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Speechless

Her name? Her name is Generose, here is how her story flows: through the latest news of war our ruler coming out to say ‘Bombs Again!’ Though his minions’ mincing words, force-feeding what ‘we’ need to do, and why, (with regret) some evil people (and some others) must die; through the soldiers jumping to, while I, and my kind, are left gasping behind, holding a small stand somewhere like this, appealing to someone like you. So… Can you come with me to a place far from here, where four or five m– No. Let me begin again. Let me start with…

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