Yesterday (Friday) I had a quick chat with some of the fire safety guys at the Houses of Parliament. They are all ex-firemen so they really know their stuff. I wanted to make sure I understood the technical details of the descriptions of the fire from contemporary newspapers and other sources I have been working […]
Writing and Researching
Just back from a fascinating four days attending Bob McKee’s Story Seminar. Although intended to be useful for work, in terms of interpreting historical stories for the public, it was also tremendously helpful for my book. McKee is a famous (perhaps, the most famous) Hollywood script doctor, and a polemicist for ‘story’ in all narrative, particularly […]
I was really interested to see this BBC video of the fire at Hastings pier, East Sussex, which burnt down last night. I think it gives an insight into what the 1834 fire may have looked like from the south bank of the Thames: reflections in the water, sparks falling off the sides, and afterwards a […]
Have managed to do an hour or two here and there over the last few weeks but work and other commitments at home mean that I’ve not done as much as I’d like. Grumpy.
To Birmingham on business, but managed to squeeze in an hour’s research on the train there and back, and, arriving early at the City Library for an event, was able to use their reading rooms for another half hour. Slow work, ploughing through three different people’s accounts of what they did between ten and eleven […]
After four days of tough slog with chapters one and two, I am pleased to report that I have licked these into shape pretty well and am very happy (though inarticulate from fatigue). Spent most of today in the Bodleian. Have now gone over the 80,000 word mark. Just one more chapter (number three) to make respectable before […]