Tracy Chevalier speaks at Dorchester Literary Festival, 20 October 2019

Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon with Tracy Chevalier (and a sold-out Corn Exchange full of others) in Dorchester. She was talking about her latest book as a sort-of finale to the Literary Festival (the actual finale is an hour with Carol Ann Duffy in November). Chevalier lives locally. I’m not sure if she still lives in the Piddle Valley*, but certainly that was her first home in Dorset. And she has been a supporter of DLT since its inception.

She gave a really interesting, illustrated, talk about ‘A Single Thread’, her story about the volunteer broderers who, in the early 1930s, embroidered an enormous number of hassocks and seat cushions for the comfort of the bottoms of those attending services in, and the general beautification of, Winchester Cathedral. It quite made me want to whip out a tapesty needle and get stuck in!

Which, happily, is what I was able to do today, when I tootled over to Thorncombe Wood for a morning of Dorset button making.

*Those up to date with my writing endeavours will know with what special affection I currently regard the Piddle Valley … 



Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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