The jewellery of genocide
The history of borderlands is a history of bloodshed, of competing interests and of changing influences. It’s a history of how people interact, and fail to interact, at the margins of our small worlds, and is pockmarked with tales of victors and vanquished.
School’s out at the Hay Festival
They’re on site all day. Thousands of them. All suddenly over-stimulated by brilliant books, bright ideas, festival fun, ice cream and maybe the collective desire to hunt down Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and other great favourite writers for children.
And I Shall Be Queen of the May
It is not every day that a woman is crowned May Queen. It was May Day, and I was in Avebury Stone Circle. One minute I was standing in a circle at the very polite invitation of a Wiccan high priestess and the next the high priest transformed himself into the Green Man looking for a bride.