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The RNLI’s part in the evacuation of Dunkirk May 1939

The RNLI’s part in the evacuation of Dunkirk May 1939

To mark last Friday’s release of Dunkirk the movie, I’m re-publishing a blog I wrote in May 2010 on the RNLI’s role in the rescue. It’s an eye-opener and I hope you enjoy it. Last week, I featured the Royal Escape Race, and on Friday went to Brighton seafront to watch the start. It was surprisingly… Continue reading…

An interview with local speaker and writer, Patrick Souiljaert.

An interview with local speaker and writer, Patrick Souiljaert.

     I hope you enjoyed reading the inside story of Blood and Bandages. William and I have now moved onto the book’s marketing phase and last weekend, we had great fun at the Armed Forces Day in Worthing. William and I set up our stall. (courtesy of Brian Woodford) While we were there we… Continue reading…

Final part of the inside story of writing  Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Final part of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

So there I was, paralysed with writer’s block with a deadline looming.     Up until then, I thought you got writer’s block when you ran out of ideas. Not so. It’s when you feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness and a complete loss of confidence. You can only think of one thing, that you were… Continue reading…

Part six, the final part of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Part six, the final part of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

So there I was, paralysed with writer’s block with a deadline looming. Up until then, I thought you got writer’s block when you ran out of ideas. Not so. It’s when you feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness and a complete loss of confidence. You can only think of one thing, that you were a… Continue reading…

Live Facebook feed of Blood and Bandages launch party – 28th April 2017 at 6.45pm (BST)

Live Facebook feed of Blood and Bandages launch party – 28th April 2017 at 6.45pm (BST)

In place of this week’s final episode of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946, there will be a live Facebook feed of tonight’s book launch. To watch tonight’s events, you only need to click on the link above or copy and paste the following… Continue reading…

Part five of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Part five of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

I couldn’t finish the book. However, Karl French had identified one outstanding chapter. I tweaked that and prepared a pitch, synopsis and a CV. Although I had created something to show, I lacked the confidence and skill to sell the book in person. Luckily, I had my good friend, Sandra Clark, to turn to. Sandra was… Continue reading…

Part four of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

Part four of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

I felt upset and hurt, but it was a blessing in disguise. The book had taken over my life. If I wasn’t researching it, I was thinking about it. If I wasn’t thinking about it, I was writing it. If I wasn’t writing it, I was interviewing William and if I wasn’t doing that, I… Continue reading…

Part three of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

The story had to have a heart. It also had to have a publisher. To achieve that, I needed to demonstrate that the book had 1.  a unique selling point, (USP) 2.  an engaging style, 3.  an audience, 4.  and a writer with knowledge of the publishing industry. I knew that the book had a… Continue reading…

Part two of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.

I fudged it. I couldn’t give up scriptwriting. I loved it too much but neither could I ignore my new found obligation. Pragmatism was required, so in my naviety I just added, ‘write Bill’s book,’ to my to-do list.  I determined to give it 100% effort to match that given by those of whom I… Continue reading…

Part one of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Part one of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

I never meant to write a book. In 2009, the year I met William Earl, I was still basking in the glory of graduating from the University of the Arts London with an MA in screenwriting. The MA had awakened a passion for writing original screenplays and within a year of graduating, two of my… Continue reading…