Author Archives: thebelatedwriter

About thebelatedwriter

I'm a baby boomer who has always wanted and tried to write. It was only when I did an MA in Creative Writing in 2010-11 that I dared to take my writing more seriously. I write both poetry and prose and have had a collection of poetry published (A House of Empty Rooms, Indigo Dreams Publishing 2017.) I've also self-published a compilation of pieces from this blog entitled The Belated Writer (available on Amazon). This blog is for my writing friends, my non-writing friends, and anyone else who may be interested in these ruminations.

Who do I think I am?

Like a lot of people, I’m a fan of the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? I love hearing the surprising, sometimes improbable, sometimes deeply moving stories that are hidden in people’s families and that seem to be … Continue reading

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The r-word

I’m sure I’m not the only white person to be asking myself at this time: am I racist? Is there hidden racism lurking in me? Are there racist assumptions I don’t recognise I have? Despite my long-time liberal credentials, my … Continue reading

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It’s all different now

On 16th March I came home from a two-week solitary retreat without phone, internet, radio, TV or newspapers. For those two weeks I was either struggling with my internal demons, not to mention mud and rain and hail and freezing … Continue reading

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Cognitive dissonance

This Christmas the phrase ‘cognitive dissonance’ keeps coming into my mind. Why are we sending each other pictures of snow and robins as though this is what Christmas is, when we know it’s likely to rain the whole winter and … Continue reading

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Adelina’s Adventure

Hello Everybody It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me or the Belated Writer on this Blogg, but here I am again – with her Permission, of course. Most of her Friends seem to be talking about nothing but … Continue reading

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Gurification

Back in the 1990s, my then therapist pointed out that I had a tendency to ‘gurify’ certain people, i.e. to see them as far wiser, more spiritually aware and generally better human beings than I was, even when this turned … Continue reading

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How Can We Brex It?

I was going to write a post about Brexit but gave up, as my mood kept veering between despair and hysterical laughter. Perhaps the extended deadline has offered us some hope, but given what’s happened up till now there’s no … Continue reading

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Adelina’s Re-treat

Hello Everybody It’s been quite a while since I’ve written on this Blogg and it’s lovely to be talking to you all again. The Belated Writer has asked me to write this as she has been on Re-treat and isn’t … Continue reading

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Was I a writer?

I’ve been going through a time of pain: pain so old and stored so deep I can’t even know for sure what it’s about, and the pain of a current situation which is very far from all bad but which, … Continue reading

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Oh dear

I don’t seem to blog much these days. I’ve always gone in more for the sort of pieces that could be described as ‘reflections’ than the ‘yesterday I went to…’ sort, and perhaps the reflections are running dry. Why not … Continue reading

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