BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

BALL GOWNS and the LACING OF CORSETS – ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority on affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT in addition to being housekeeper of The Regency Town House. TODAY she adds cutting edge FASHION ADVICE … Continue reading

October 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Books = World says Cornelia Funke QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.Cornelia Funke Image by Maya Nabrowski from Pixabay

October 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

When the Days are SHORT and Nights LONG you need ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority on affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT in addition to being housekeeper of The Regency Town House.More FOREIGN MAIL has arrived on her doorstep … Continue reading

October 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Louise Glück on not knowing if the silence will end… QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I go through two, three years writing nothing. Zero. Not a sentence. Not bad poems I discard, not notes toward poems. Nothing. And you don’t know in those periods that … Continue reading

October 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

The DANGER of Slovenly ways if you are self-isolating PLUS a letter from the ICY North – ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority on affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT as well as housekeeper at The Regency Town House. She is PLEASED to note that letters arrive … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

What makes Life possible by Ursula K. LeGuin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. Ursula K LeGuin Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

October 4, 2020 · 6 Comments

Coping with a Tedious Tea Party and “Praise” for Old Maids – Good Advice from Mrs Finnegan, the Brighton 1830s housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT as well as housekeeper at The Regency Town House. Mrs Finnegan asks readers to note that a … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

The attraction of the edge – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.E.L.Doctorow Photo by Trent Yarnell on Unsplash

September 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Last Chance for a Spinster? Mrs Finnegan has strong views on the subject – ADVICE from the 1830s Brighton housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT. Although she is busy maintaining the highest standards at The Regency Town House , she always has … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

…The world is a million possible things…Terry Gilliam QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Well, I really want to encourage a kind of fantasy, a kind of magic. I love the term magic realism, whoever invented it — I do actually like it because it says certain … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Women – If you have started writing a novel enter this competition…

Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers over 18 and living in the UK or Ireland and writing in English to submit to the Discoveries Prize. The prize doesn’t require writers … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

Mrs Finnegan gives everyone the Napoleon Hello! and suggests you do the same. Advice from the Brighton housekeeper from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan dispenses advice and uses her YEARS of experience to answer queries whilst also engaged in ONEROUS housekeeping duties at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE… Wretched at remembering names, I often … Continue reading

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to wash a Handkerchief and other important questions – ANSWERS from MRS FINNEGAN the celebrated Brighton housekeeper from the 1830s

An email flooded in this week from a London “milkman” and Mrs Finnegan, the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT, isn’t entirely sure what to make … Continue reading

September 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Shirley Jackson on the best thing about being a writer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness, and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment