Stamp collecting is one of my favourite ways of finding space and tranquility in the clamour of everyday life. Lately I’ve been working on the Arabian Nights as a topic, partly because the stamps are lovely to look at, and partly because the history of the tales as a body of literature is fascinating.… Read the rest
I am excited to share with you the news that I have won the inaugural All About Stamps Competition. My entry was a piece entitled The Year that Books United the World, and tells the remarkable story of World Book Year, which was held in 1972. Here it is, and below, you can read a little about what inspired me to put it together.… Read the rest
Now I’ve taken the first step in preparing my book on the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world – deciding what’s actually going to be in it.
A book like this takes a lot of planning. It involves researching the topic, and finding and purchasing the stamps that will illustrate the story.… Read the rest
This is the page where I’ll be sharing progress with my non-fiction project, a book about, erm, books. But with a difference – this is about the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world. It combines my two lifelong hobbies, writing and stamp collecting. I’ll be posting monthly updates on how it’s coming along.… Read the rest