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William Blake and London

28 November 2015

To celebrate the birth of the visionary poet and artist William Blake #onthisday in 1757, I’ve chosen to write about one of his most beautiful yet bleak poems, London. I wander thro’ each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames...

'Even to Live is an Act of Courage'

27 November 2015

The factory at Bandar Abbas, run by the East India Company to carry out trade in Persia and the Gulf region, was an unpleasant place to be at the best of times, described to be '…but an inch-deal from hell'....

A tale of two Françoises: Madame de Maintenon (1635-1719)

27 November 2015

When little Françoise d’Aubigné came into the world on 27 November 1635, her future seemed unlikely to be dazzling. True, her paternal grandfather was the distinguished Huguenot poet and patriot Agrippa d’Aubigné, but his son Constant had proved a sore...

EAP755: Annmarie Heinrich Photograph Collection

26 November 2015

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on the EAP755 project, a fantastic collection of photographs by the German-born, naturalised Argentine photographer Annmarie Heinrich (1912-2005). Annmarie was well known for her portrait work, capturing glamorous shots of film and...

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