Friday, 18 April 2014

A Good Friday moment for reflection.



Christ Crowned with Thorns c 1510 by Lucas Cranach the Elder ( 1472-1553) Christ Crowned with Thorns c 1510

It's Good Friday and every year I try to reflect that with a work of art and a piece of ecclesiastical music. Today, it doesn't get more profound than Cranach the Elder and music by Josquin Desprez. It works for me after many years of marking the days of Easter as a singer. Even though I don't go to church any more, the beauty of the creative arts associated with this time is just too profound to ignore.



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 I'm going to be appearing with three of my fellow Ward Wood writers in Greenwich,  London on 30th April.  Come along if you can - it would be good to see you.




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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lewes' wolf is allowed out at night again.



I need to keep reminding myself that I live in a very attractive English town. I'd been pretty house-bound until recently with a lung condition which is, hopefully, now on the mend and I've been trying to get back to full fitness by taking exercise again. I've start my martial art practise, began to do a few weights and gone on walks around town. Mostly it has been in delightful Spring sunshine when the town, Lewes, looks, well, perfect. It is pretty good at night too, I noticed when I went to a party last night.


Lewes' medieval remains look particularly evocative at night. This is the 14th Century Barbican gate.


 Wandering round in the dark, I remembered how much I liked night-walking and why I've always thought Lewes was a good place for a wolf.




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 I'm going to be appearing with three of my fellow Ward Wood writers in Greenwich,  London on 30th April.  Come along if you can - it would be good to see you.




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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Why I'm all red-faced over Noel Duffy's new book.





I blame Noel Duffy for my red face. My friend, the Irish poet whose inspiring new poetry collection On Light & Carbon sat in my lavatory for the last couple of months begun enthusiastically but then fell victim to my recent illness that has removed me from life as I knew it all year.  I'm still not fully recovered but I'm a lot better and having finished the collection a couple of weeks ago,  I decided to read it over again in one sitting to piece together the links that went flying around my brain since the first interruption.


Noel Duffy

As a fan of his previous collection, In The Library Of lost Objects, I had been looking forward to this new collection from Ward Wood Publishing, who also published my novel - just to let you know that Noel and I are part of the same family.  On Carbon & Light draws on his scientific background (he studied Experimental Physics at university) but that needn't deter anyone like me who wasn't allowed to do Physics A 'level at school because it couldn't fit into the school curriculum with English, History and Music. I've always regretted my scientific ignorance but, believe me, this collection isn't a physics textbook, it's about man's lot in a universe beyond our control and, to me at least, frightening in its chemistry but beautiful too in its mysteries. Into this universe, Noel pitches himself, and us, against the force of scientific truths and their significance to Time as perceived in our own lives and in the history of homo sapiens while allowing us into poignantly moving tales from his own personal history. It is no wonder that many of the scientists mentioned in the collection, are concerned with news ways of seeing, this is what Noel encourages us to do too in our own lives. These poems, in impressively paired down language, restored my wonder in creation but challenged my courage in dealing with my place in time and space.



The April sun shone down on me while I read Noel's book, not this time in the loo, but out there in my garden -  you can even see the light beams that found me there in my garden chair. I came inside red-faced, partly because it has taken me so long to read Noel's book and partly because I still haven't fully learnt all there is to now about sunlight's effect on pale-skinned poetry lovers who spend too long out of doors under the influence of Noel Duffy's inspired vision. I'm now regretting all over again that I wasn't allowed to mix physics, history and English literature at school - Noel shows that they are profoundly interconnected. I've returned to my own humble verse newly inspired.



Here in one of the key poems from the collection,  Reykjavik, he shows us how exploration into the unknown, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes cruelly painful, leads us back to ourselves where we have to live enlightened, hopefully, alert to meanings beyond our understanding but ultimately, inseparable from our tiny space in the great order of things.



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Talking of my fellow Ward Wood writers, I'm going to be appearing with three more of them in Greenwich,  London on 30th April.  Come along if you can.




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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:

Thursday, 10 April 2014

My fallen Camellia



I suppose it's sad when a camellia bloom falls from the tree but when it lies there like that on a sunny afternoon, I think it has a special beauty. After-all, there are plenty more up there for me not to miss this poor fallen one.


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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Taking it easy is, well, easy, on a day like today here in my Lewes garden.




Sorry to bore you all but I couldn't resist posting some more photographs from my Spring garden. the sun is shining and the plants are responding accordingly. Taking it easy, as I'm told to do by the doctor, is a lot more pleasant and days like today. I'm sorry that I'm not clever enough to let you smell the cherry blossom - its the aroma of new life. Enjoy imagining it.

























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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

High Springtime in Lewes





My Lewes garden is now in its High Springtime with plenty more seasonal thrills on the way. I think this time of year should be like one long firework display with one visual surprise after another.


My cherry tree, now 6 years old, has never looked better.


The Fritillary has returned for another year 
and the camellias have added their glamour in the shakiest corner of this small urban garden. 


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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

What to wear at a Lewes fancy dress party if you're feeling a bit under the weather.




It was a typical Saturday evening in Lewes, UK. Everyone likes dressing up in this ancient market town so when it was my neighbour Harvey's birthday, it was inevitable that everyone went in for a bit of a make-over.


Harvey was King Henry VIII, well of course. As I'm still on medical instructions to "take it easy" I thought I'd dress as someone who might not be expected to dance so I decided to go as a mid-20th Century American senator and it worked. Not everyone got it of course, would you have guessed?




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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon: