BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Letters from a Damp Goldilocks and a Believer in Magic Wands…all in a Day’s work for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Warning from Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House Readers of a HIGHLY moral and nervous disposition might find some of the scenes in this week’s chronicle distressing. Avert … Continue reading

October 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

What I am…what we all are…James Baldwin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all. James Baldwin

October 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

LOVE is all around but so is HEARTACHE…time for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper to step in

As the SAGE OF the serving classes and GUIDE to the gentry, Mrs Finnegan brings comfort to the care-worn and solace to the sorrowing. Sometimes. (Mrs Finnegan carries out her … Continue reading

October 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Extraordinary Lesson of a Satire about Power

Fifty years ago a young Brazilian playwright wanted to say something important about the nature of power: not how it was won, but how it operates and makes ordinary people … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Why a Physical Dictionary is better – Rachel del Valle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Wikipedia and Google answer questions with more questions, opening up pages of information you never asked for. But a dictionary builds on common knowledge, using simple words to explain more … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 4 Comments

Poems by Phone…because sometimes you need a shot of magic

I’ve just read that a new bright blue telephone booth has been installed in Dubuque, Iowa to give callers a direct line to poetry. It is a year long project … Continue reading

October 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

What’s a Mother to do? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper has the answer…

Mrs Finnegan, the CELEBRATED Housekeeper at The Regency Town House, wishes it to be KNOWN that she is able to offer discrete advice to those who WISH to remain hidden … Continue reading

October 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Writing is Hard Work – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.Stephen King Photo Credit: Craig Whitehead on Unsplash

October 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper makes a confession…but ONLY to you Dear Reader

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House, is in a reflective mood. Change is in the air (along with almonds and boiled partridge). Read on, for she has a … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Writing About Real People and Real Events – Anne Lamott QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.Anne Lamott Photo Credit: David Hinkle on Unsplash

September 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Beware – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper is in a Fighting Mood

Mrs Finnegan, the long-suffering Housekeeper at The Regency Town House in Brighton and Hove, is famous for her imperturbable temperament. However, readers’ letters can sometimes INFLAME the passions of EVEN … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Find A Good Place To Write and Stick To It – Twyla Tharp QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment … Continue reading

September 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Why is My Sister so very Awkward? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper knows the answer

Mrs Finnegan – housekeeper at The Regency Town House – finds herself thinking a lot about dinner parties past and future. If there’s a CHANCE you might be invited to … Continue reading

September 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

Don’t reveal – withhold! David Mamet on how to keep an audience’s attention QUOTES FOR WRITERS

How do we keep the audience’s attention? Certainly not by giving them more information but, on the contrary, by withholding information—by withholding all information except that information in the absence … Continue reading

September 12, 2021 · 2 Comments