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The Dawning : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #13

It began with an awakening, a rude and yet joyful awakening, at the imminence of dawn. Somewhere in the distance, from the village of Dial Post, a cockerel crowed – once, twice, and then, thrice.Then a Cuckoo called, dutifully, from a faraway shadowland of Oaks in the monastral west. Out there, shapes and patterns were […]

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Call out to POETS and ARTISTS!

Please do check out our Arts Council England-funded project on the EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS with BIRDS in BRITAIN”S TOWNS and CITIES Details are here Deadline is end of August 2017 Free entry Your work could be included in a full colour hardback book on Britain’s Urban Birds along with: artwork by ATM the street artist and poems […]

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A bit of a tit : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #12

First things first: let’s just for a moment deal with the word ‘tit’. Since the nineteenth century, it has been used as a slang word for breast, but its origins come from early-fourteenth-century usage meaning ‘small’ or ‘a small creature’. Hope that clears things up. So says Bill Bailey in his Remarkable Guide to British […]

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The trouble with Seagulls… : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #11

The BBC in May 2017 reported that  “People caught feeding seagulls on beaches in Devon face £80 fines from Monday.” The Economist, in February 2017, reported on the financial implications of lifting the protection of all gulls and attempting to cull them And also points out – what is always the case with rats, pigeons, […]

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News about Lisa Blower’s Sitting Ducks

Sitting Ducks by Lisa Blower is now on the top five shortlist for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize!! Earlier this year it was announced that Sitting Ducks had made it on to their longer shortlist. But now the judges final decision will be between Sitting Ducks, 2 poetry collections, a new edit of a Bennett novel […]

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Two for joy: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #10

About ten years ago, I was an eBay addict – when I opened one of my impulse buys I made myself jump out of my skin… it was a taxidermied magpie. Perhaps because of the song* – I ended up buying two. As I write this I wonder if I have grown in some way […]

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Fair Acre Press answers

We have recently joined the Independent Publisher’s Guild (IPG) – and what a GREAT organisation it is for small and independent publishers!! The chief executive of IPG rang me a few months ago, when Fair Acre Press joined – and in the half hour of conversation-  she crammed in enough money-saving, business improving and altogether-great […]

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The sky as Sea : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #9

Watching a murmuration of starlings is so close to watching underwater films of shoals of small fish it makes me realise how similar these two mediums are… both with oxygen and water – just in different ratios: they have the same challenges, the same opportunities for both predator and prey being very much three or […]

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Late Night Out?: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #8

or early start to your day? and you have a chance to see the birds of the night…or hear them…. This Blog is part of the DIVERSIFLY project: For more details on the project go here Uncertain about whether owls would set up home in urban territories, as successfully as say the peregrine falcon I decided to […]

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