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BLOG 49: 25/06/2017 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush

Posted on 25 June, 2017

BLOG 49: 25/06/2017 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush

 A Journey along the Nile and the Kingdom of Kush There is a saying that “Once you have tasted the waters of the Nile, you will return.” In my case that was certainly true. Watching Joanna Lumley’s recent documentary about her journey along the...

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Blog 48 13/05/2017 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno.

Posted on 13 May, 2017

Blog 48 13/05/2017 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno.

 Crete: History and a Feast Fit for the Gods in Rethymno. One of the joys of research is to find a place filled with history and tantalizing food at the same time. Whilst researching for The Embroiderer I spent a few weeks in Crete. The final two...

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BLOG 47 18/04/2017 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

Posted on 26 April, 2017

BLOG 47 18/04/2017 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

 Mimar Sinan and the Süleymaniye Mosque. Sultan Mahmud II, considered amongst many to be the last of the great Ottoman leaders before the empire fell into decline, loved Çamlıca, a beautiful area that he referred to it in his poetry with the line:...

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BLOG 46 10/04/2017 THE JOURNEY OF A HUGUENOT REFUGEE TO EMBROIDERERS FOR ROYALTY. HAND & LOCK CELEBRATES 250 YEARS OF EMBROIDERY.

Posted on 11 April, 2017

BLOG 46 10/04/2017 THE JOURNEY OF A HUGUENOT REFUGEE TO EMBROIDERERS FOR ROYALTY. HAND & LOCK CELEBRATES 250 YEARS OF EMBROIDERY.

THE JOURNEY OF A HUGUENOT REFUGEE TO EMBROIDERERS FOR ROYALTY. HAND & LOCK CELEBRATES 250 YEARS OF EMBROIDERY. This year, the prestigious embroidery London embroidery atelier, Hand & Lock, sponsors of the successful Opus Anglicanum...

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BLOG 45 09/02/2017 Matrakçı Nasuh: The Bosnian Leonardo da Vinci of the Ottoman Empire

Posted on 9 February, 2017

BLOG 45 09/02/2017 Matrakçı Nasuh: The Bosnian Leonardo da Vinci of the Ottoman Empire

Matrakçı Nasuh: The Bosnian Leonardo da Vinci of the Ottoman Empire Nasuh bin Karagöz bin Abdullah el-Visokavi el-Bosnavî better known as Matrakçı Nasuh, was a 16th century Bosnian mathematician, teacher, historian, cartographer, swordmaster,...

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BLOG 44 22/11/2016 “FRIENDS OF LITERATURE”: The Embroiderer of Smyrna” An interview.

Posted on 23 November, 2016

BLOG 44 22/11/2016 “FRIENDS OF LITERATURE”: The Embroiderer of Smyrna” An interview.

 “FRIENDS OF  LITERATURE” “The Embroiderer of Smyrna” A few days ago I was interviewed by the delightful Clio Tsalapati, on her Greek literary blog “Friends of Literature” about “The Embroiderer” now...

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Blog 43 21/11/2016 Constantinople Through the Eye of the Lens

Posted on 21 November, 2016

Blog 43 21/11/2016 Constantinople Through the Eye of the Lens

Constantinople Through the Eye of the Lens: 19th c. Photographers. I am often asked where I sourced my inspiration for “The Embroiderer”, especially Constantinople at the end of the 19th century. As a visual person I look towards old photographs....

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12/11/2016 An Interview with Author Effrosyni Moschoudi about her new novel -The Amulet.

Posted on 11 November, 2016

12/11/2016 An Interview with Author Effrosyni Moschoudi about her new novel -The Amulet.

An Interview with Author Effrosyni Moschoudi Today I have the pleasure of bringing to you an interview with a wonderful author and prolific blogger, Effrosyni Moschoudi. Effrosyni’s novels set in Greece have been widely acclaimed and today...

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Blog 42. 25/10/2016 Maria Callas and the Story of the Piano at the Pera Musuem, Istanbul.

Posted on 26 October, 2016

Blog 42. 25/10/2016 Maria Callas and the Story of the Piano at the Pera Musuem, Istanbul.

 Maria Callas and the Story of the Piano at the Pera Musuem, Istanbul. Whilst on my last trip to Istanbul, I came across this interesting snippet of information at The Pera Museum and thought I would share it with you all. The piano in question,...

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Blog 41 03/10/2016 Postcards from a Leicestershire Village: Grace Dieu Priory and a Famous Playright.

Posted on 4 October, 2016

Blog 41 03/10/2016 Postcards from a Leicestershire Village: Grace Dieu Priory and a Famous Playright.

Postcards from a Leicestershire Village: Grace Dieu Priory and a Famous Playright. The village of Thringstone in Leicestershire sits on the edge of Charnwood Forest, a lush woodland of glorious deciduous trees carpeted with bluebells and...

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