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The Crown and The Lost King: the cost of playing fast and loose with ‘history’

In a recent blog post I looked at how cinema’s love for the bio-pic allows for a certain massaging of history. This month I’m thinking of the dangers of dabbling at all in the borders of fact and fiction.  First of all, there’s the fracas over Netflix’s next series of The Crown, slated for depicting … Continue reading The Crown and The Lost King: the cost of playing fast and loose with ‘history’

A private house, not a museum: visiting the Edinburgh home of Robert Louis Stevenson

‘This is a private house …’ says a small but noticeable addition to the doorbell of 17 Heriot Row in Edinburgh, the home for many years of writer Robert Louis Stevenson, his parents and their small entourage of servants. Thanks to the hospitality of current resident John Mcfie and his family, a private house, albeit … Continue reading A private house, not a museum: visiting the Edinburgh home of Robert Louis Stevenson

For #womenshistorymonth: Scottish sculptor Amelia Robertson Hill

My historical novel In the Blink of an Eye was written to illustrate and honour an iconic photographic partnership between two men, D.O. Hill and Robert Adamson, but when it came to writing their story, I found myself focussing on the women who surrounded them. This arose from the writer’s instinct to look for the … Continue reading For #womenshistorymonth: Scottish sculptor Amelia Robertson Hill