On 6th August 1945, the ‘Enola Gay’ dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima with devastating consequences. My play, ‘Buckets of Sunshine,’ retells the story through the eyes of Catholic USAF chaplain, Father George Zabelka. The play won an award and the theme is still highly relevant today - worrying and … Continue reading Buckets of Sunshine
On 3rd August 1944, the Battle of Mauron, Brittany, France took place. Four young men died killed by the Nazis. And this event, these young men, have become the subject of my play, ‘Le cidre et les fleurs,’ (The cider and the flowers.) As I write the play, carry out research, the anniversary of their … Continue reading Cider and Flowers.
Today is the 14th of July. So Happy Bastille Day, Joyeux jour de la bastille. And here's the Napoleon video again to celebrate such a wonderful occasion. Get ready to sing along!! https://youtu.be/P9hYLcaKK8Y
Today the 10th of June sees the anniversary of the massacre of Oradour Sur Glane, A French town in south west France. On this day 1944 the Nazis committed a vile atrocity where they destroyed the town and murdered all the men, women and children. For those who follow my blog I am deeply involved … Continue reading The tragedy of Oradour.
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the allied forces 6th June 1944. This was the principle theme of my play, Les Vaches Dans Le Champ which was performed in Birmingham in 2019. I am in the process of reviving the play and if you would like to know more or … Continue reading Les Vaches Dans Le Champ/D-DAY
May 27th saw the anniversary of the mysterious case of Mary Ashford who died in strange circumstances - a fateful day in 1817. My book ‘One Morning in May’ tells this fascinating story. Readers will, I’m sure, find the details intriguing and informative. Available from Brewin Books, Amazon or here at Margwyn. The cost is … Continue reading The Mary Ashford Mystery.
The war in Ukraine. How bodies of soldiers are being left abandoned and how the Russians don’t bother to claim them. There are many in cold storage waiting to be taken back to the ‘Motherland.’ The reporter told of a solitary Russian soldier who has been left in a village somewhere. I thought, he was … Continue reading BBC Radio Four this morning and how depressing the news is!
Saturday March 26th at the Woodman Pub Birmingham, was the venue for the rehearsed reading of my latest play, 'All My Pretty Ones,' which tells the story of the tragedy of, 'Oradour Sur Glane.' Directed by Peter Wight it was a most enjoyable day working on the script followed by the reading to an audience. … Continue reading All My Pretty Ones.
Happy St Patrick's Day to all. Hope you have a blessed day. Here's the link to the Napoleon's St Patrick's Celebrations! https://youtu.be/Ek6Ww5h20qM St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland.
On Thursday March 3rd I was invited by my publisher, Brewin Books to attend, 'World Book Day' in Solihull, West Midlands in order to promote my latest book, 'Tales Yet To Be Told' and remind the world of my other publications! It was an enjoyable afternoon meeting fellow authors and signing copies for the public. … Continue reading World Book Day, Solihull, West Midlands.