John Harrison describes the last voyage of the Temeraire, once part of Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar, and the ship’s subsequent immortalisation as a symbol of English identity in the famous painting by the artist JMW Turner.
Penny Hancock asks why there are so few grandparents in literature, when compared with the frequency with which parent-child relationships are described.
Lizzie Collingham describes some of her research into the history of food, and the way she uses this to evoke a powerful sense of the past.
His lifelong fascination with the life of the Plantagenet king Edward III led Morgen Witzel to revisit the sites of the famous battles fought by Edward’s invading army as it crossed France, gaining a sense of the reality of life ‘on the road’ for the fourteenth century soldier.
Lucinda Hawksley considers the evidence relating to the mystery surrounding the last hours of her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Dickens.
Chris Arthur reflects on his enduring love of the Japanese form, haiku, and why, when it comes to conveying poetic truths, less is often more.
Becca Heddle on the challenges and pleasures of writing educational books for children, based on phonetic schemes.
On successive visits to Bleak House, Charles Dickens’s home in Broadstairs, Sally Kindberg gets up close and personal to the celebrated author.