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 Nile reminded me of how this area has long held a fascination […]Read More
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 weeks were in Rethymno and then Hania. Unforgettable […]Read More
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: “My heart is full of desire, my great lover. Let’s go to […]Read More
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 exhibition at the V&A, London, celebrates its 250th anniversary. The Carriageworks in Sydney hosted the first of three major presentations, the others […]Read More
“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 called “The Embroiderer of Smyrna” in Greek. She has kindly allowed me to reproduce the full interview on my own blog. The following is […]Read More
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. Photographs never lie, especially at a time when the written word was quite often biased. […]Read More