The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey
In the autumn of 1874, the author Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a three-day journey across the gently rolling Chiltern Hills. Almost 150 years later, spurred by the looming construction of the HS2 railway, Gail Simmons takes to the highways and byways of her childhood to follow in his footsteps. Combining an account of her walk through beech woods, farmland and villages dating back to the Domesday Book with impassioned interviews and personal memories, she peels back the layers of history, recording forever a world destined for change.
Sadly passed away.
Dr James Edward Arnold MBE sadly passed away on 19 February. He graduated in History and Politics in 1967 with a First Class degree and in 1974 went on to become Director of New Lanark Trust in 1974. Originally the site of Robert Owen’s Utopian model factory village, when Jim arrived it was a run down scrap metal dump with crumbling buildings and about a dozen elderly residents. Jim did everything from changing old ladies light bulbs, to raising funds and it eventually became a much heralded conservation and educational trust with residential accommodation, educational facilities, several units for start up businesses and latterly a hotel. Jim was made MBE and in 2003 and we awarded him a DUniv for services to conservation and public history. Jim became a recognised figure in conservation and regeneration, sitting on the boards as an advisor to several British (mostly Scottish) and European Conservation Trusts. There will be a memorial gathering at New Lanark in due course.
My first novel CLICK is being published by HarperCollins Killer Reads on 29th March. (The paperback is out in June). A campus-set thriller, it explores digital relationships, millennial boredom, and the distorting effect that social media can have on our “offline” lives.
I graduated from York in 2014 with a degree in English Lit, and am very grateful for the creative and broad education it gave me. Especially grateful to Profs Brian Cummings, Erica Sheen, Bryan Radley and Michelle Kelly, who were/are just great.
Have just been browsing the online Yu magazine to see if there’s any news of anyone I knew, and found an article about Faith (nee Burningham) and myself! I certainly didn’t write it, so I guess we must have been interviewed sometime. It suggests we may have been York’s first grandparents, well now perhaps we are the first great-grandparents? Our granddaughter Emily gave birth to Finley nearly 3 years ago!
“After my Sociology degree at York I did what was then the CPE exam at Chester Law College, and then the Law Society finals and qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 in London. I was a partner in 2 large London firms, ending my UK career in 2015 after 7 years as CEO of what was then Olswang LLP, a mid-market TMT focused firm. I then realised a long held plan to relocate to the Caribbean , where I have a portfolio of local and international roles in and related to law , and live a happy and less urban life with my wife and our two dogs, and occasional visits from our four adult children.”
Reconstructing Historic Landmarks:Fabrication, Negotiation, and the Past
Wayde Brown has completed a book on the use of historic reconstructions within heritage conservation, entitled: “Reconstructing Historic Landmarks:Fabrication, Negotiation, and the Past”, published by Routledge.
“Planet in Peril”: an anthology for our time.
Since graduating, Isabelle has started her own publishing company Fly on the Wall Press. In May 2018, less than a year after graduating, she was awarded runner-up for Best Anthology at the prestigious Saboteur Awards. This year, Kenyon is embarking on a global warming anthology of artwork and poetry.
“Planet in Peril” will combine beautiful photography of endangered species and delicate ecosystems, with poetry designed to increase public awareness of the complex issues surrounding climate change. There has never been a more critical moment in this planet’s history. Ecosystems and species stand upon the precipice of extinction and await human action. Spurred by the urgency of the situation, Fly on the Wall Press has teamed up with WWF, The Climate Coalition, Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford University), former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort, and wildlife photographer, Emily Gellard, to create an anthology for our future.
A new role
Chris Woodhouse has recently been appointed as a Director of Deutsche Bank following two years as a Vice President. Congratulations!
Sleepless by Julia Deakin
Julia Deakin’s fourth full-length poetry collection is now available from Valley Press. The new book consolidates critical and popular acclaim for her first three collections, each praised by leading UK poets. ‘Sleepless’ offers no cure for insomnia, but ‘poets can lose sleep over everything, from climate change to commas’ says Julia. Her hard-hitting, wryly humorous and intensely humane collection probes our emotions, digs deep for grains of common sense and plumbs the depths of our conscience to ascertain how truly awake we are.
Of ‘Sleepless’ Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales 2008-2016, says: ‘From the first poem’s quiet lyricism to the final poem’s dazzling thirty sentences, these are witty, sometimes experimental, always musical, sharp-eyed, intelligent poems that ring in this reader’s mind. A fine collection.’
Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north via the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield where she began writing poems on a poetry MA. Previously published as a feature writer and reviewer, her poems soon found widespread acclaim. One was read at Lynda Bellingham’s funeral and published in several online newspapers. Two have featured on Poetry Please and many others won competitions.
Michael Symmons Roberts praised her previous book, ‘Eleven Wonders’ (Graft 2012) as ‘powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection.
In 2013 she was one of four poets to walk the 47-mile Stanza Stones trail, learning the trail and the poems backwards to conduct ‘walkshops’ around Simon Armitage’s engraved poems. A compelling reader, she has performed throughout the UK as well as in Cork and Chicago.
The Road to Hastings 978 - 1066
The text covers the period from Aethelred the Unready to the final showdown between William of Normandy and Hatrold II at Hastings. Each king and their part in maintaining that link between the two is considered beginning with Emma of Normandy and her marriage to Aethelred and later to Cnut. The current site of the battle is questioned due to a lack of archaeology, as is the Anglo-Saxon use of cavalry and battle tactics. Original sources and prior authors works have been compared to provide a more complete coverage of the subject than currently available to students of the period. Naturally the Bayeux Tapestry is also dissected and its restorations and alterations are considered.
Update: Marriage and new role
Hi, I got married in October 2018 to Calvin Maserow from Cape Town, South Africa. We were married at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. Separately, I would also like to announce my new employment. I am now the Associate Director of Annual Giving at UCLA Law.
An exciting new role!
In October 2018 I started in a new role as Events Officer for the Wordsworth Trust, creating and running a programme of creative and inspiring literary-themed events for those living in and visiting Cumbria.