Julia Webb-Harvey

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A geographer’s paradise

  Oh, I love a coincide. Last year I wrote a short story, a historical fiction in its truest sense, about Columbus’s voyage in search of a new route to the East, by going West.  The story was told from… Continue reading →

Book Review: Pompeii, Robert Harris

Harris’ novel tells the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii, through the experiences of Marcus Attilus, the aquarius (or engineer) of the Aqua Augustus.  The aqueduct has failed, and his predecessor,… Continue reading →

The writing shrine

  In the collected wisdom from my creative writing course/book habit, there is often mention of the writing space.  The place that is yours, where you go to be inspired and where words flow freely, and you feel the joy… Continue reading →

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

  I love this question.  It pierces the heart of fear.  It makes it irrelevant, focussing on possibility. When I first came across this question a few years back (in an excellent book by Lindsay Agness, on changing your life… Continue reading →

Show up…

On various creative writing programmes I’ve taken, the most oft quoted mantra is “show up”. This was quite frankly genius to the novice writer on her first course (taken in 2004), so simple, and so important. It’s not always that… Continue reading →

Sad about the MOOC – it’s finished!

The last 10 weeks have flown by in the company of some 20,000 others on Professor Bruce Holsinger’s watch. “Plagues, witches and wars” has been a wonderful experience, and I’ve achieved more than I set out to. Not only have… Continue reading →

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