for writers and readers….

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

The shocking SHAME of Tuesday afternoons – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper offers Advice FROM her Vast Experience

Mrs Finnegan, well known as the sage of the working class and guide to the GENTRY, regrets that she is ONLY able to sharpen her Quill and write these CHRONICLES … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

What to Include When You’re Writing About Your Life – Walter Zinsser QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t rummage around in your past for ‘important’ events…. Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them it is because they contain … Continue reading

May 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

Is it Cricket to go Husband-Hunting at The County Ground? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper investigates

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE  and confidant to the woe-begotten, always WELCOMES constructive criticism… ALTHOUGH I DEARLY TREASURE your advice, I am not convinced that you have necessarily … Continue reading

May 10, 2022 · 6 Comments

Books are the Journey…Anna Quindlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.Anna Quindlen

May 8, 2022 · 5 Comments

Am I getting old? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper ponders the Question

The CELEBRATED Mrs Finnegan, the leading housekeeper of her generation, attends to the needs of the weary and worried WITHOUT neglecting any of her duties at The Regency Town House She … Continue reading

May 3, 2022 · 7 Comments

Light and Shade, Sunshine and Shadows…Albert Camus QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.Albert Camus

May 1, 2022 · 2 Comments