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Old Clothes and New Nonsense from the Chronicles of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan, well rested after last week’s summer holiday, has again taken up her duties as Housekeeper of The Regency Town House. However, she never forgets that others DEPEND on … Continue reading

June 28, 2022 · 8 Comments

Opportunities for Aspiring Authors from Around the World with London Literary Agency

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is running a six-month Mentorship Programme for writers from underrepresented backgrounds. This includes – but is not limited to – writers from an ethnic minority background, … Continue reading

June 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Regrets She will Not be Answering Letters Today or Making Luncheon or Doing Much Else Besides…

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House, is on her summer holidays. Dear Reader, I decided that my SUMMER HOLIDAYS should start today at half past stupid O’ Clock … Continue reading

June 21, 2022 · 11 Comments

International Flash Fiction Competition – big cash prize

The Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award is open to writers over the age of 16 worldwide, published and unpublished. Word Count: 250 not including the titleDeadline is midnight 31 August 2022Entry … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

O Save Me! says Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper on Receiving a Poem from a Love Sick Tailor

The CELEBRATED Mrs Finnegan, the leading housekeeper of her generation, is finding the atmosphere at The Regency Town House rather wearisome of late. A tailor I was once, as blithe as ever … Continue reading

June 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

Samantha Harvey on Writing a Story Backwards QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If some of the most confounding times of our lives arise when we lose clear sight of how a situation came to be—what caused me to become unwell, what induced … Continue reading

June 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper investigates PEAS and the strange ABILITY they possess

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the heart, general etiquette and table manners. Although she is busy maintaining the highest standards at The Regency Town House , she STILL … Continue reading

June 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Why Words are Pretty Inadequate Most of the Time – Samuel Butler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WE WANT WORDS to do more than they can. We try to do with them what comes to very much like trying to mend a watch with a pickaxe or … Continue reading

June 5, 2022 · 5 Comments

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper adds Philosopher to her list of HOUSEHOLD Duties

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House, is APPROACHED by university students. She acknowledges that in between darning, sweeping, stewing, boiling, polishing and ALL her other DUTIES, she does … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · 5 Comments

Blake Morrison on the Best Kind of Memoir QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The best memoirs are always transgressive. They are alternative history – voices you didn’t expect to hear; candour that breaches the norms of polite society; episodes that seem shocking till … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Someone Tries to Teach Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper a Lesson…but She Intends to Deliver One Herself

As always Mrs Finnegan throws herself into her work as Housekeeper at The Regency Town House, never becoming involved in gossip or busying herself with the business of others. Let that … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · 7 Comments

Family History: research it, write it, share it.

“Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living” Anon TWO WORKSHOPS in June are going to deal with both those issues…and much more. Clive Reedman became a professional … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · 4 Comments

Poetry Shrinks the World – Jonathan Edwards QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is nothing like the solitary occupation of poetry for connecting you intensely with others. Read a poem to a roomful of strangers and you do nothing less than show … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Writing Historical Fiction in a 200 Year old Town House – Come and Try It

I’M BACK in the classroom for the first time since 2020 and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it. When I say classroom I mean a … Continue reading

May 20, 2022 · 2 Comments