Author Archives: patjourdan

Walking Towards Vermeer

Even the marble was warm to the touch. As I struggled up two long flights of pure marble, white steps without blemish, I thought of poor  Cardinal O’Fiaich, come to plead for the hunger strikers, struggling up a similar flight … Continue reading

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Utrillo and the Riots

Utrillo and the Riots (Maurice Utrillo, 1883 –1955) Rich ghettoes are patrolled or gated, with electric coded pads, ironwork that can be seen through but not entered. Poor areas cannot afford gates; their barriers are invisible psychological ones. Keep out … Continue reading

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John Keats Investigated

A Poet in Love by Peter Davey, Arthur Stockwell Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7223-3957-2 £9.99 Books written by enthusiasts can bring fresh ides to a hackneyed subject. So, next after Jane Austen in that hierarchy, comes John Keats. They are both examples … Continue reading

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The Latest …Snippets and Excuses

1 What am I working on? Well, apart from painting for the next exhibition, there is an accumulation (it can’t be called anything else) of a memoirish-novel which is at present a pile of papers that keeps slithering to the … Continue reading

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Jane Austen, the perennial puzzle.

Love & Loyalty by Jay Margrave, Goldenford Publishers, ISBN 978-0-9559415-4-2 Price £7.99 Jane Austen is the patron saint of unrequited love. In the new book ‘Love and Loyalty’, Jay Margrave assembles a believable account, piecing together a possible love-affair which … Continue reading

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Reviews Ahoy!

I thought it was time that the books that pass through the house should have their own reviews; here is the first selection. Reviews Love Song        Kathleen O’ Driscoll    Marram Press Writers of poetry, especially those who go in … Continue reading

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The Trials of a Local Writer

Having waited the best part of 2012 for answers from several agents since December 2011, I went off to CreateSpace and produced a paperback book via computer. We are told never to annoy agents by writing or phoning to enquire … Continue reading

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