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August 22, 2012

The Essence Of Aesthetic Sensibility

Hariharan Balakrishnan writes enthusiastically about a poem by John Waddingtton-Feather.

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July 16, 2012

One Of The Best

Hariharan Balakrishnan found himself in enthusiastic agreement with an article written by Val Yule on built-in obsolescence.

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February 14, 2012


Wendy Ogbourne sympathised with a poem by Tina Trivett about fibromyalgia.

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January 31, 2012

Always Have Hope

An article presented by Lisa DeMarco moved Hariharan Balkrishnan to tears.

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January 24, 2012

Elgar's Enigma Variations

Robert Padgett informs us that the principle theme of Elgar's Enigma Variations has been discovered.

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January 17, 2012

All That Was

Janet Hill from Sydney praises Lusia Przybyszewicz's beautiful and moving book.

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December 27, 2011

The Eulogy

Hariharan Balakrishnan was enchanted by a Brian Lockett story.

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December 20, 2011

Writing For Women's Magazines

June Rendle, who lives in Spain, was in agreement with an article by Brian Lockett on writing for women's magazines.

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December 13, 2011

The Dream Man's Coming

Kay Haywood from Devon was delighted by a poem quoted by Eileen Perrin in her endearing autobiography. Kay has a question for our readers.

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December 06, 2011

Mike Coatesworth's Book

Mike Coatesworth, who provided so many vigorous and enjoyable articles to Open Writing, (they appear under the title Bradford Lad) is fighting back after serious illness.

Mike has been a fighter all his life. He gives details of that life in his autobiography.

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November 29, 2011

Two Rooms And A View

Peter Holman Smith from Ocean Shores, USA, found his memoires were stirred by an episode from Robert Owen's autobiography.

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November 22, 2011

Footballing Days

A chapter in Robert Owen's autobiuography reminded Stewart Thompson of footballing days in South Shields.

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November 15, 2011

Shelly Marks

Arlene from New Jersey associated with an article by Dona Gibbs.

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November 08, 2011

Band Of Hope

Reuben B Reynolds from Enderby, Leicestershire, was interested in an article by Joan Sutcliffe about the Band of Hope.

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November 01, 2011

Brush Arbor Meetings

Danny L Almond of Albermarle, North Carolian, associated with an article by Pamy Blaine about old-time brush arbor meetings.

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October 25, 2011

Jessie Hickman

Lyn and Martin Doherty have written songs about Di Moore's bushranger grandmother Jessie Hickman.

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October 18, 2011

Throwing A Cricket Ball

Commenting on an article by Eric Shackle, Denis Garvan from Sydney, Australia, draws our attention to a record-breaking cricket ball thrower.

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October 11, 2011

A Truby King Baby

Pamela from London says she realises how damaged she was in childhood by being raised according to the advice of Dr Truby King, a New Zealander who believed and taught that babies should be treated and reared on the same strict regime that worked with farm animals, calves in particular.

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October 04, 2011

Death At Sea

Anna Barratt from Blackpool, Lancashire, prompted by an episode of Robert Owen's autobiography, seeks information on where a her great, great grandfather, a Master Mariner, died when his shop foundered.

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September 27, 2011

Barry Barrett

eRory from the UK associated with and article by Isabel Bradley on the South African artist Barry Barrett.

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September 20, 2011


Lynn Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, associated with an article by Dona Gibbs concerning Shelley-Marks, a tiny jewel box of a perfume shop in Manhattan.

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September 13, 2011

A Guy In A Cadillac

One of our readers wonders if anyone remembers a musical joke?

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September 06, 2011

Education Begins In The Womb

John Watson from Bridgetown, Western Australia, cimments on an article by Marsh Kaminsky entitled Education Begins In The Womb.

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August 30, 2011

Band Of Hope

An article by Joan Sutcliffe brought back memories of the Band of Hope for Moira Solis (nee Taylor) from Surrey, B.C, Canada.

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August 23, 2011

The Female Fregoli

Alan Markland from Wigan

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August 16, 2011

Recalling Ruby Murray

Alan Markland from Wigan was prompted by an article by Ellen Warner into recalling a night when singer Ruby Murray break down in tears on stage.

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August 09, 2011


Barbara Durlacher of Johannesburg was impressed by William Ruleman's review of the play Edward by John Waddington-Feather.

The play appeared scene by scene in Open Writing. Click on

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August 02, 2011

Arthur Mee

Michael Poxon from Norwich, UK, prompted by an arfticle by Val Yule, reveals the huge influence that Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia has had on his life.

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July 26, 2011

A Founding Editor

Dorothy E Woodhead Duffy from Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, enjoyed an article by Peter Hinchliffe which featured Joseph Woodhead, founder of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

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July 19, 2011

Harry Partch

The memories of Susannah Sprague from Portland, Maine, USA, were stirred by Paul Serotsky's article concerning composer and musician Harry Partch.

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July 16, 2011

Dan Leno

Alice Dean of Harrogate was impressed by a Jacqueline Finesilver on Dan Leno, one of the old-time music hall greats.

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July 13, 2011

The Tithe Barn

Molly Wilkie from Florida enjoyed an article by George Redmonds on the tithe barn.

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July 12, 2011

Love Your Style

Barbara Durlacher from Johannesburg enjoyed an article by columnist Sandy James who lives in New South Wales.

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July 07, 2011

Pat Duffy

Susan Ives from San Antonio, Texas, associated with an article by Mike Shaw about the late Pat Duffy, university lecturer and former Member of Parliament, representing the Colne Valley consiituency.

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July 06, 2011

Surviving Crews Of HMS Warwick And HMS Venetia

Michael Hovard from Gloucestershire wants to contact surviving members of the crews of HMS Warwick and HMS Venetia.

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July 05, 2011

Arthur Mee

An article by Val Yule about Arthur Mee and his Children's Encyclopedia brought back joyous memories for Pam Royle of London.

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June 28, 2011

Names, Names, Names

Brian Barratt from Mount Waverley in sunny Melbourne enjoyed an article by Sandy James which took readers on a lexicological journey.

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June 21, 2011

Guinea Gold

Bob Warren from Palatine, Illinois, USA, associated with an article by Eric Shackle about Guinea Gold, a wartime publication.

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June 16, 2011

A Village Blacksmith

Andrew Sykes from Hanging Heaton, Dewsbury, has a link with a village blacksmith featured in a story by Peter Hinchliffe.

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June 14, 2011


An article by Violet Apted reminded Iris Fisher of Bearsted, Kent, of grim World War Two days.

Continue reading "Doodlebugs" »

June 09, 2011

Newcastle United Memories

Ken Matthews from Seaton, Devon, was reminded of a particular Newcastle United game when reading a chapter in Geordie all-rounder Malcolm Scott's autobiography.

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June 07, 2011

A Florida Beach

Barbara Durlacher enjoyed a word picture painted by John Merchant of a Florida beach scene.

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June 02, 2011

Swing Me In The Moonlight

An article about an old song, Swing Me In The Moonlight, brought back memories for Adele Lauderdale of Washington, Tyne and Wear.

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May 31, 2011

Patience And Perseverance

Mary from Australia associated with an article by Sally Jenkins. Sally wrote "Over the last few months Ive been submitting stuff into a big black hole with every editor ignoring me. However, patience and perseverance has paid off and in the last couple of weeks Ive had a handful of positive responses.''

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May 24, 2011

Bolton's Grand Theatre

An article by Ellen Warner on Bolton's Grand Theatre sparked family memories for Peter Smith.

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May 17, 2011

Wartime In Amsterdam

An article by Ans Redelaar-Seinen about the harsh realities of wartime in Amsterdam was of particular interest to Nicole van der Steen who lives in that city.

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May 10, 2011

Barry Barrett

Thea Vedor from Portugal was moved by an article by Isabel Bradley about a man who flouted South Africa's former apartheid laws.

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May 03, 2011

School Bullies

Michael Hanzuk associated with Betty McKay's account of standing up to school bullies.

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April 26, 2011

Gallant Horrie - The War Dog

Donita Gill tells of her family link with Horrie the war dog, featured in a recent column by journalist Eric Shackle.

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April 19, 2011


Sandra Mills from Sydney enjoyed an article by Eric Shackle concerning halcyon newspaper days.

Continue reading "Copyboys" »

April 12, 2011

Healing Orange Juice?

Leigh Laycock 0f Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, has been prompted into action after reading an article by journalist Stan Solomons concerning a woman who believed in the surative properties of orange juice.

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April 05, 2011

The Nagger

Mary from Australia was delighted by one of Enid Blackburn's columns in Open Writing.

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March 29, 2011

Nursery School

An article by Henry Jackson prompted June Wellsman from Bow, London, to recall her school days.

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March 22, 2011

Get A Dog

Open Writing columnist Liz Thompson (Cynthia) vouches for the authenticity of an Australian love poem presented by sister columnist Sandy James.

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March 08, 2011

Sibelius's Fifth Symphony

Nicki de Hoog from Australia was moved to respond to Paul Serotsky's article on Sibelius's Fifth Symphony.

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March 01, 2011

The Story Between The Lines

Kelly Gerhart was deeply moved by one of Michael B Poyntz's poems.

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February 22, 2011

Jennifer Vyvyan

Johanthan Crown, prompted by an article by Peter Wintersgill which appeared in Open Writing, refers us to a new Web site about his famous mother, Jennifer Vyvyan.

Click on the link to hear a glorious voice.

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February 15, 2011

Real Feeling

Kathleen Colby from Yakima, Washington, enjoyed a poem by William Burkholder which was recently published in Open Writing.

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February 08, 2011

Hard Times

Jack Mott of Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia identified with an article by one of his relatives.

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February 01, 2011

What Became Of The Venus?

Peter Cooper from Christchurch, New Zealand, spurred on by an article by Paula Wilson on Australia's first female pirates, contributes the following fascinating information.

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January 25, 2011

Wartime Memories

Gillian Leake, formerly of Batley by now living in Turkey, associated with an article by Pauline Etheridge.

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January 18, 2011

Parental Subterfuge

Lorna Des Fountain from South Africa was tickled by one of Lisa DeMarco's jokes.

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January 11, 2011

Music In Argentina

Kevin Dunbar has happy members of being in the same orchestra as Isobel Bradley on a tour to Argentina.

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January 04, 2011

Pit Ponies

Roy J Peckham from Wales, prompted by a story written by Graham Whitcroft, points to short videos showing pit ponies at work.

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January 01, 2011

We Want Your Words

And here's a little reminder to start the New Year. We want your words.

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December 28, 2010


Lynne from Buckinghamshire enjoyed Elizabeth Robison's words about a Welsh grandfather.

Continue reading "Taid" »

December 21, 2010

Cat On A Roof

Mary from Australia identified with a story by Ellen Fisher concerning a black cat on a roof.

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November 20, 2010

The Mitfords

Hugh Mitford Raymond comments on an article by Barbara Durlacher on the Mitford family.

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November 17, 2010

The Inextinguishable

Kevin Shawchuck from the USA comments on Paul Serotsky's article on composer Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable.

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November 13, 2010

Army Days

Brian Leaver from Whalley, Lancashire, is enjoying and identifying with Ronnie Bray's account of Army days in Egypt.

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November 06, 2010

May Wirth

Rick Freeman from Listowel, Ontario, identified with an article by Paula Wilson about May Wirth, a circus artiste who was the best bare back rider in the world.

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October 30, 2010


Barbara Durlacher was delighted to hear of Mary Pilfold-Allan's new book about Britain's take-over of the island of Mauritius in the early 19th Century.

Continue reading "Mauritius" »

October 23, 2010

Bone-Conduction Headphones

R Benz from New York was impressed by an article by Paul Serotsky about bone-conduction headphones.

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October 16, 2010

Robert P Clayton from Orlando, Florida, enjoyed an article about his favourite song "I Get Along Without You Very Well''written by Tony Thornton.

Continue reading "" »

October 09, 2010

A Gallant Airman

Alan Edey from Dore, Sheffield, is proud to have known gallant airman Harry Stunell.

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September 25, 2010

Yorkshire Pudding

Not surprisingly a poem about the delights of Yorkshire Pudding was enjoyed by Nichola Denley of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was written by her dad!

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September 11, 2010

A Fairy In Training

Eight-year-old Faye from Lakewood brings us a delightful tale.

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September 04, 2010


Jacqueline Finesilver found herself nodding in agreement with an article by John Merchant.

Continue reading "Flicks" »

September 01, 2010

Joseph Woodhead

Jenny Milne Woodhead of Islington, London, was delighted to diascover an article about her great-grandfather Joseph Woodhead, the founder and first editor of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

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August 28, 2010

An Old Poker

An article by Ronnie Bray jogged John Brian Leaver's memories into new life.

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August 21, 2010

The Throne Room

An article by John Merchant entitled A Throne By Any Other Name prompted Ronnie Bray from Mesa, Arizona, to recall unsavoury scenes and smells.

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August 14, 2010

Barton Stacey

An article by Ronnie Bray stirred Brian Leaver's "sleepy memory pot''.

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August 07, 2010

Writing Courses

Meryl Nickels from Mildura, Victoria, Australia identified with an article by Mary Pearl on writing courses.

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July 31, 2010

Magic Bus

Mark Weber from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, was moved by Barbara Durlacher's column to recall his jounrey of the "Magic Bus''.

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July 24, 2010

A String Of Pearls

Barbara Durlacher was enchanted by Isabel Bradley's imaginative story A String Of Pearls.

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July 17, 2010


William Robb of Brisbane, Australia, was moved to send this appeal for information after reading a chapter from Owen Clement's autobiography.

Continue reading "Kaharagpur" »

July 10, 2010

The Best Of Men

Mary from Australia was deeply moved by Jill Grant's article which expressed love, thanks and respect to the best of men her father.

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June 26, 2010

Turbulent Events

Barbara Durlacher respons to an article by John Merchant on major weather pheomenon.

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June 19, 2010

Westoe Lads

William Ball's boyhood memories were reawakened when he read Robert Owen's autobiography Two Rooms And A View.

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June 12, 2010

The Most Private Of All Rooms

Ronnie Bray was moved to send the following message after reading a column by John Merchant about that most private of all rooms.

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June 05, 2010

Susannah Sunderland

A Sykes from Huddersfield brings more information after reading an article about Susannah Sunderland, the Yorkshire Queen of Song, by Peter Wintersgill.

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May 29, 2010

Pontefract Cakes And Glacier Mints

An article by Brian Barratt about the changes which have occurred during the decades of his life revived a host of memories for Brian Leaver from Whalley, Lancashire,

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May 27, 2010

Brush Arbor Meetings

David Hobbs from Marysville, California, was interested in Pamy Blaine's article on brush arbor meetings.

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May 26, 2010

Food Advice

Jacqueline Finesilver was impressed by Richard Harris's article about a lady who offered the best advice on food.

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May 22, 2010


Jacqueline Finesilver particularly enjoyed a chapter and poem from Betty McKay's autobiography.

Continue reading "Restoration" »

May 19, 2010


Mary Hollinger of Tampa, Florida, was in sympathy with the views expressed by Pamy Blaine in an article entitled How To Be A Grandmother.

Continue reading "Grandma" »

May 15, 2010

Respect For The ANSACs

Mehmet Innonu from Istanbul was moved by a John Powell article to express his respect for Australian and New Zealand soliders,

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May 12, 2010

The Land Of Lost Content

Mark Hughes of Deganwy went Googling while watching a TV drama and found himself in Open Writing.

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May 10, 2010


A mention of the word "pansion'' in an artiucle by John Merchant about his mother's pantry attracted the attention of Janet Hirst from Yorkshire

Continue reading "Pansion" »

May 08, 2010


Writer and musician Isabel Bradley of Johannesburg found herself in agreement with an article on motherhood by Mary Pearl.

Continue reading "Motherhood" »

May 01, 2010

The Sugar Bird Lady

Jim Naylor, who sent this message while touring in New South Wales, was delighted to read an article by Paula Wilson on the Sugar Bird Lady.

Continue reading "The Sugar Bird Lady" »

April 24, 2010

The Children's Encyclopaedia

Morgan Findlay from Scotland and India enjoyed Val Yule's article on Arthur Mee's The Children's Encyclopaedia.

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April 21, 2010

Olga's Daughter

Jean Frickel from Chester has personal reasons to be keenly interested in Marie Campbell's wonderful story about her mother, Olga, who travelled from Jamaica to seek a new life in England.

For details of Marie's book Olga's Daughter please click on www.olgasdaughter.wordpress.com

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April 19, 2010

The Two Margarets

Maragaret Parton in Calgary enjoyed an article about shooldays by Margaret Parton of Huddersfield.

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April 17, 2010

If God Went On Strike

Tins Stynes, writing from Dublin expresses her appreciation of a poem presented by Linda Jane Robertson.

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April 10, 2010

Childhood Memories

Mrs Vivien Hirst's childhood memories had a special significance for Bob Baggaley of Almondbury, Huddersfield.

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April 07, 2010

A Bowling Block

Whatever next? There are ladies on the bowling green.

John Brian Leaver responds to an article by Enid Blackburn.

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April 03, 2010

Seed Cake And Parkin

Beryl of Lanashire expresses a tasty appreciation of the recipes presented in Open Writing by David Craven.

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March 27, 2010

The Hound

...I was in the forrard mess which was continually filled with ice cold water to a depth of about 5 inches. As a sparker I had to wear seaboots below decks and in the wireless office seaboots and stockings a white roll-neck jumper and my comforter around my ears under the earphones...

A chapter from Robert Owen's autobiography Two Rooms And A View stirred up memories for Denis Glassett from East Sussex,

Continue reading "The Hound" »

March 20, 2010


Message by Keith Roelofse from East London

Continue reading "Affenruchen" »

March 13, 2010

Early Reading

Bronwyn from South Africa. prompted by an article by Marsh Kaminsky, tells how she taught her daughter, then aged one, to read.

Continue reading "Early Reading" »

March 06, 2010

End Of Term Report

Margaret Parton in Canada associated herself with an account of school days written by Margaret Parton of Huddersfield.

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February 27, 2010

A Canal Trip

Jacqueline Finesilver thoroughly enjoyed an article written by Enid Blackburn describing a canal "voyage''.

Continue reading "A Canal Trip" »

February 20, 2010

Memories Of Redwick

Lynda Simspon (nee Eaton/Lawrence) from Central Tilba, Australia, found that her childhood memories of England were reawakened when she read an article by Joyce Nicholas.

Continue reading "Memories Of Redwick" »

February 17, 2010

Don't Forget To Write

Mary from Melbourne e-mail's us to express her delight in reading Pamy Blaine's "gentle and funny'' articles.

Continue reading "Don't Forget To Write" »

February 13, 2010

Swing Me In The Moonlight

Bill from St Paul, Minnesota, recalls different words to an old song. He learned them from his father who died in 1945.

Continue reading "Swing Me In The Moonlight" »

February 06, 2010

HMS Warwick

Peter Dawson of Cambridge identified with a article by Ken Holmes about the sinking of H.M.S. Warwick.

Continue reading "HMS Warwick" »

February 04, 2010

Variety Theatre

Leslie Davies was moved by Ronnie Bray's lament for the passing of variety theatre in Britain.

Continue reading "Variety Theatre" »

January 30, 2010

What Have The Jews Done For Us?

"Wonderful, marvelous, awesome are the Jewish people,'' says Vickie of Canada, commenting on an article by Stan Solomons.

Continue reading "What Have The Jews Done For Us?" »

January 23, 2010

Narrow Boats

Barbara Durlacher enjoyed a column by Enid Blackburn which gave a jaundiced view of narrow boating.

Continue reading "Narrow Boats" »

January 21, 2010


Amie Evans, who is studying in school the early days of coal mining, was horrified to learn that children under the age of 10 worked in British coal mines.

Continue reading "Trappers" »

January 16, 2010

Bucket List

Annette Renee White from Northern California found herself in complete agreement with a poem by Alison Ross. Alison declared that there were things she wanted to do before she kicked the bucket.

Continue reading "Bucket List" »

January 09, 2010

Empire Pride

Jack Merewood's account of sailing on the Empire Pride while serving as a soldier during World War Two brought back memories for Donald Bayley of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Continue reading "Empire Pride" »

January 03, 2010

Christmas, 1924

A wry rhyme written by Ron Pataky reminded John Kilburn, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, of a Thomas Hardy quatrain.

Continue reading "Christmas, 1924" »

January 02, 2010

The Sinking Of The Warwick

Pauline Peters from Aldridge, West Midlands, was interested to read an account by Ken Holmes of the sinking of H.M.S. Warwick.

Continue reading "The Sinking Of The Warwick" »

December 19, 2009

Sons Of Temperance

Brian J Wilkinson from Bloomington, Illinois, USA had a personal reason for enjoying an article by Mike Shaw.

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December 12, 2009

Who Am I?

Ian Angus from Durban, South Africa, was impressed by Margaret Dunn's article on knowing one's true identity.

Continue reading "Who Am I?" »

December 05, 2009

Heavenly Peace

An article by Mike Wood prompted Sandra Oosthuizen from McGregor,Western Cape, South Africa, to write about her own peaceful corner of heaven.

Continue reading "Heavenly Peace" »

November 28, 2009

Land Army

Meryl Nickels from Mildura, Victoria, Ausralia found that she could relate to an article by Veronica Grainger who wrote about her time in the Land Army in England in 1940.

Continue reading "Land Army" »

November 21, 2009


A column in Open Writing by Glen Taylor revived memories for Liz Carmichael from Toronto. Canada, of childhood caravanning holidays.

Continue reading "Caravans" »

November 14, 2009

Charlie Chester

The memory of David Green, who lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Candada, was prompted by an article by Stan Solomons about Charlie Chester.

Continue reading "Charlie Chester" »

November 07, 2009

All The Things You Are

William Kellog joins in Tony Thornton's enthusiasm for the classic Broadway love song All The Things You Are.

Continue reading "All The Things You Are" »

October 31, 2009


Mike Roberts from Formby, Merseyside, is in agreement with columnist Elizabeth Robison when she uses the word "Taid'' for grandfather.

Continue reading "Taid" »

October 24, 2009

Naomi Lipki Cohen - First Woman JP In Leeds

Marsha Gilbert of Portland, Oregon, prompted by an article in Open Writing, sends the following message.

Continue reading "Naomi Lipki Cohen - First Woman JP In Leeds" »

October 17, 2009


Hilary Horner from Surrey was moved by a story written by Sandy James.

Continue reading "Boniface" »

October 10, 2009


Eileen Brown was deeply moved by a section of Robert Owen's autobiography in which he described being evacuated as a child to Cumbria during the war.

Continue reading "Evacuee" »

October 03, 2009

Treading Coke

An article on National Service brought back memories for V.B, who sent an e-mail from the West Midlands.


Continue reading "Treading Coke" »

September 26, 2009


An article by columnist Isabel Bradley http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2009/08/music_to_warm_t_1.php brought the following response from Osamy Okumura, president of the Arpeggione Society, Japan.

Continue reading "Arpeggione" »

September 19, 2009

Holiday Planning

Sheila Babbs of Bedfordshire England enjoyed an article by Andrea Roberts on holiday planning.

Continue reading "Holiday Planning" »

September 12, 2009

Highbury Hill High School

Sue Moore (nee Grehan) of Sydney, Australia, would like to hear from her former school friends.

Continue reading "Highbury Hill High School" »

September 05, 2009

Praise For Eric Shackle

Elizabeth Hutchings from Freshwater Bay Isle of Wight was delighted by an article concerning the 200th anivversary of the birth of poet Alfed, Lord Tennyson written by journalist and Open Writing contributor Eric Shackle.

Continue reading "Praise For Eric Shackle" »

August 29, 2009

Grandmother's Guest Book

Ilse Erber has had a surpise contact from a medical historian in Switzerland.

Continue reading "Grandmother's Guest Book" »

August 22, 2009

A School Trip To The Baltic

Graham Borradaile from Canada is seeking information of a school trip to the Baltic in the early 1960s.

Continue reading "A School Trip To The Baltic" »

August 15, 2009

Arnold Kellett

Celia Douthwaite recalls the first time she met Arnold Kellett, Yorkshire dialect expert and the author of a number of books.

Arnold's Yorkshire dialect version of the Gospels, Ee By Gum Lord!, appears in Open Writing, as does his Christmas poems under the title Christmas Every Week.

Continue reading "Arnold Kellett" »

August 08, 2009

William Burkholder's Tree Of Talent

Here is an article by Matvey Troitsky about William Burkholder which appeared in the Detroit Poetry Examiner.

We are delighted to bring you one of Bill's poems every Friday in Open Writing.

Continue reading "William Burkholder's Tree Of Talent" »

July 25, 2009

Mouth Watering

Jacqueline from Hertfordshire found that her mouth was watering after reading an article on Meditteranean food by Barbara Durlacher.

Continue reading "Mouth Watering" »

July 04, 2009

Sing In The Streets

David Terrasidius was inspired by a co9lumn in Open writing to suggest that we should break into impromptu song in the streets.

Continue reading "Sing In The Streets" »

January 01, 2008

A Happy New Year - Come Join Us In 2008


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December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas


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December 25, 2006

Our Message To You


From Peter Hinchliffe and Paul Chan.

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November 22, 2005

A Shout From The Attic

Since Open Writing began in January, 2004, we have managed to do without an About.

Most Web sites have an About Us section. When we were born, 23 months ago, I thought we didn't need one. Our writers are given the freedom to speak for themselves - and they take full advantage of that freedom, in prose and poetry. As of today, there are millions of readable and enjoyable words in our archives - more than 2,200 items. And more are added daily, 365 days a year.

Why add an About to an already-rich literary cake which really needs no icing?

Well, new writers are constantly joining our team. We want to introduce them to you. Writers who are already loyal Open Writing contributors branch out in new directions. We want to whet your appetites by telling you what to expect from them.

We also want to include comments from readers, and draw attention to worthwhile material in our archives which you may overlook.

All this will be done under the title About Our Words.

And the first news in this column is about a new offering from an OW stalwart, Ronnie Bray, who brings us a weekly Letter From America, which is posted every Saturday. His weekly Letters will continue to entertain, move and delight us. But commencing next Tuesday, we will also serialise chapters from Ronnie's autobiography, A Shout From The Attic. You're in for a treat!

Here's an article I wrote for a local newspaper about Ronnie's astonishingly crowded life.

Peter Hinchliffe, Editor

Continue reading "A Shout From The Attic" »


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