Category Archives: secret history

Lydia -for Lydia Lawrence #amwriting #strongwomen

Good golly miss Molly  Did you marry a man with a miner’s lamp and  No brolly?  Didn’t you know that the marriage bed came sprinkled with Soot? Did he blind you With a title, then tempt you with a butty?  … Continue reading

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Friends of Codnor Common: History of Codnor Common:

Codnor Common used to be a much larger area, stretching almost up towards Denby. The 1835 map certainly suggests as much. The whole area of Codnor was given to William Peverel, the illegitimate son of William the conqueror, after the … Continue reading

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The Taking #BringBackOurGirls #amediting #VAW

The Taking   We knew the soldiers were coming Hid in our beds, no one to protect us Goods on the shelf waiting to be stolen   Before, that day, we had lessons Cursed algebra, embraced Shakespeare Explored China, played … Continue reading

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My poem about the Chibok schoolgirls. #amediting #bringbackourgirls 

Yesterday I was reading the paper and a story caught my eye. It was about the 276 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Nigeria two years ago. I thought I had read that many of these … Continue reading

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The theme of this International Women’s Day: Remember but Don’t Give Up!

I am pretty sure the unofficial theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is don’t give up. After all, we have got so far. Pity we have so much further to go. As this is a writing blog, I’m sharing a poem … Continue reading

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About Friends of Codnor Common: our struggle

For more than thirty years local people have demonstrated time and again that Codnor Common is special to them – for a number of important reasons – and should remain undisturbed as a valuable open break between Codnor, Waingroves and … Continue reading

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A little event to commemorate a huge undertaking: marking the @Pentrichrevolt

For immediate release 29 April 2015 A little event to commemorate a huge undertaking: 13 June at Pentrich Village Hall from 1pm to 6pm. After considerable organisation and the influence of a government agent provocateur on 9 June 1817 around … Continue reading

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