Darkness is the time to think, to dream, to love …

October 31st, 2016

It’s human to want light and warmth. Our pagan ancestors had a calendar of fire festivals, and God’s first recorded words, according to the Hebrew Bible, were: “Let there be light.” Night belongs to the dark side, literally and metaphorically: […]

The day Ruth Rendell spoke to me from beyond the grave

November 20th, 2015

Do you believe in life after death? The house phone rings. I answer it. “Hello?” No answer. This happens all day long. At 5pm, I call psychic medium Laura Lynne Jackson in the United States for an arranged reading. After […]

When unmarried mothers were blamed for everything

October 11th, 2015

The long, sad history of children separated from their mothers has been the brief of The Foundling Museum in London since it opened on the site of the old Foundling Hospital, an orphanage that closed its doors in the Fifties. […]

On writing a cover version of Shakespeare

September 26th, 2015

On the day of the first new moon of June 1599, at 3 o’clock, the new Globe theatre opened its doors with a new show – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Everything was new – it was the spirit of […]