For family reasons, my writing had to be somewhat curtailed over the last few months, but I am slowly getting back into harness with some new projects planned - and old ones finished. A short story inspired by John Boyle O'Reilly's time as a convict in Australia can be read on the Stories page.
I recently completed an extensive research project into a group of men buried in a small Boer War cemetery in Africa that I visited many years ago. This led me along many interesting paths in uncovering the personal histories of men from Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland who served as part of the little-known Rhodesian Field Force of 1900, but who never saw action and died en route from diseases, accidents, exhaustion and even suicide. You can read about them on my blog Digging the Dust, the first post in the series being The Road to Paradise, with several other stories linked at the end.
I am also delighted to be able to contribute mini-biographies to the inspirational writers and readers website, Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life that is run by the fabulous artist and writer Nava Atlas. (Do check out the link on the website to her beautiful hardback book that includes inspiration and advice from many of those classic women authors.) The latest biography is that of Baroness Orczy who wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel. Also see Grace Metalious, best remembered for Peyton Place. Betty MacDonald, famous for The Egg & I.