BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

A Mother NOT Entirely Happy with her Daughter Writes to Brighton’s Regency HouseKeeper

Mrs Finnegan is a celebrated EXPERT on MOST things and WELCOMES letters from all, no matter HOW grand or LOWLY. She does ALL this while still maintaing her daily duties … Continue reading

September 27, 2022 · 6 Comments

Remembering Your Home – Beth Kephart QUOTES FOR MEMOIR WRITERS

Our childhood houses offered, at their most basic, shelter. But they also served as round-the-clock stage sets, as a kind of theater in which we were both actor and audience… … Continue reading

September 25, 2022 · 8 Comments

Misery in the Ballroom – Another problem for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan – purveyor of wisdom and SAGE of the serving classes – is housekeeper at The Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Brighton. SINCE THE BALL on Saturday I have not … Continue reading

September 20, 2022 · 7 Comments

What You Can’t Do in Historical Fiction – Frederick Forsyth QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You can say that Hitler won the Second World War, but you can’t say that Green Park* is on the Northern line.Frederick Forsyth*For non Londoners, it is on the Piccadilly … Continue reading

September 18, 2022 · 3 Comments

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Takes a Dim View of the Good Old Days

Yes! Mrs Finnegan is a REKNOWN Authority on the AFFAIRS OF THE HEART in addition to being housekeeper of The Regency Town House, but under her bodice beats a RADICAL heart that … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 5 Comments

There’s No Use Complaining – Joe Moran QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The act is its own reward; do not expect applause. You must be willing to keep writing in the absence of any evidence that anyone is reading. And no use … Continue reading

September 11, 2022 · 3 Comments

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper is Confused and it is NOT her Fault

It’s ALL men, men, men this week for Mrs Finnegan. And one handsome brute…But you may READ ON, safe in the knowledge she is still taking care of The Regency … Continue reading

September 6, 2022 · 6 Comments

Why We Need Fiction – George Saunders QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life kind or cruel? Yes, Literature answers. Are people good or bad? You bet, says Literature. But … Continue reading

September 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Be Afraid, Urges Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House and acknowledged AUTHORITY on heart ache, back ache and MORAL philosophy, is DELIGHTED to proffer advice to discerning readers. I WORK FOR … Continue reading

August 30, 2022 · 8 Comments

Why Poets Can’t Write Songs – Stephen Sondheim QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Lyrics have to be underwritten. That’s why poets generally make poor lyric writers because the language is too rich. You get drowned in it.Stephen Sondheim Photo credit: Richie Lugo 

August 28, 2022 · 9 Comments

Will an Onion Come Between a Lady and her Gentleman? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Hopes Not…

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House and CELEBRATED authority on MOST things, has reaSons to be cheerful today. I AM IN CONSTANT constination. I am so dreadfully torn … Continue reading

August 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Decisions, decisions, decisions…Wendy Cope QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I think it’s a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it’s better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.Wendy Cope Photo Credit: engin akyurt 

August 21, 2022 · 5 Comments

Can £200 Per Year Bring Happiness? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper has STRONG views on the subject

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House, is able to offer advice in her ownFREE TIME when darning, sweeping, stewing, boiling, polishing and ALL her other DUTIES are completed. … Continue reading

August 16, 2022 · 11 Comments

Let Your Talent Come Out and Play – George Saunders QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Here’s an idea I’ve found helpful: our talent is real and it’s sitting there inside of us.  It’s smart and eager – eager to get going, and try some things, … Continue reading

August 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

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