Wimborne Writing Group had a very successful outing last week to Blandford Fashion Museum. What a gem! Tucked away in The Plocks in the centre of Blandford is a charming, Georgian house containing a marvellous collection of clothes and accessories from the last 300 years. Jean welcomed us with refreshments in the cafe (coffee was particularly good) and then Gordon gave us a fascinating talk about the museum and also some wider history about Blandford, the great fire of 1731 and its aftermath. We thought about how certain clothes can help to revive our memories about our own lives and perhaps those of parents and grandparents. When writing historical fiction – and it seems the 1970s are now part of that! – it’s important to get the fashions right. This museum is surely a very useful resource for writers.
I’m completely delighted to have been elected to membership of the Society of Authors! I heard last week and I’m now dipping into the quarterly journal, ‘The Author’, which is a pleasure and very informative also about writing matters, including tax, payment rates, the joy of indexing and how someone became a poet accidentally through twitter. It all seems very up-to-date and relevant. I can’t wait for the summer party.
I’m honoured that Meniscus has published another of my poems: ‘Twelfth Night’. It’s great to be included in the latest issue. I like the idea of my writing winging to Australia – it feels as if it is being set free or migrating from one island to another – albeit larger! I know this is just imaginary, really, as writing is not (usually) confined to territories now that we have instant global communication.